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Society for Social Studies of Science

Non-Academic Career Paths: A Pre-Conference Workshop

Time:  Tuesday, August 29, 8:30am - 1:30pm

Place:  MIT, Bldg. E51 Room 095, Amherst St., Cambridge

Sponsored by:  MIT, Departments of History and Anthropology

Stony Brook University, Department of Technology and Society

Organizers:  Thomas Woodson, Heather Paxson, Renée Blackburn

You have (or are working towards) a Science Technology Studies (STS) Ph.D.  Now what?  We all know that STS graduate programs primarily train students to work in academic jobs, but there are fewer such positions than qualified candidates. However, there is hope.  Many STS PhDs have navigated these waters and found amazing careers beyond academia.  Come to this free workshop to learn about non-academic careers and how to prepare for them.

Please RVSP at https://tinyurl.com/stscareerworkshop

Workshop Program

8:30-9:00 am                       Registration and introductions

9:00-10:30 am                     Panel 1:  Nonprofit and Government jobs

10:30-10:45 am                   Coffee break

11:00-12:30 pm                   Panel 2:  Industry jobs and advice from faculty

12:30-1:30 pm                     Lunch:  Food, conversation and networking

Invited Session

Making Sense of Data Revolutions: STS Perspectives on the Social Dimensions and EthicalObligations of Digital Media Technologies and Data Production

Saturday, September 2

Organizer and Chair: Mary L. Gray

Breathless anticipation greeted the power of AI this past year, just as near unbridled enthusiasm met the volume and velocity of Big Data two years before that. And a mere decade ago, the social media revolution of Web 2.0 heralded the beginning of a true global village. These iterations of digital media qua social technology share at least one thing in common: they position “data” as goldmines of social life, rich with meaning and potential. Boston, MA, has long been an incubator for technology start-ups and data brokers deeply invested in capturing data as traces of social exhaust and converting them into powerful tools for commerce, political will and cultural change. How should we make sense of the consistent refrain of data as revolutionary? Is it a new site of promising, unfettered social interaction? A more direct conduit of political expression? A window into how social worlds really work? This Program Committee-sponsored panel aims to consider how STS scholars might bring their frameworks and tools to bear on the relationships that bind data production, media technologies, and optimistic futures. Speakers reflect on how we might theorize new approaches to data production as sites and evidence for critical analysis, while challenging scholarly communities to explore their own practices and obligations when using the data of media technologies for their own sense-making and argumentation. Finally, we invite all participants and audience members to examine their own investments in science and technologies as vehicles for progressive futures.

Confirmed Panelists:

Ifeoma Ajunwa (Cornell University, Ithaca, USA)

Christian Sandvig (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA)

Kalpana Shankar (University of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland)

Zeynep Tufekci (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA)

Mary L. Gray, Moderator (Microsoft Research, Cambridge, USA)

Plenary – Opportunities and Challenges for an Engaged STS

Friday, September 1

This plenary session aims to showcase a range of initiatives and forms that an “engaged STS” can and might yet take.  Panelists will share insights from projects in which they’ve been involved to lay ground for a moderated, interactive discussion of the possibilities and responsibilities of public engagement, political activism and advocacy, policy-making, pedagogy, transdisciplinary collaboration, and other forms of STS scholarship and engagement. 

Confirmed participants:

Ruha Benjamin (Princeton University, USA)

Hsin-Hsing Chen (Shih-Hsin University, Taiwan)

Hugh Gusterson (George Washington University, USA)

Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard University, USA)

Nick Shapiro (Drexel University, USA)

Kavita Philip (University of California at Irvine, USA)

Kim Fortun, Moderator (RPI and President-Elect of 4S)

Tania Pérez-Bustos (National University of Columbia, Columbia)

Invited Session: Reproductive Justice and Injustice

Friday, September 1

Organizer and Chair: Banu Subramaniam

Boston, Massachusetts, has long been a center of activism around reproductive health, rights, and justice. At this historical moment, we have witnessed an explosion of new reproductive techno-possibilities for some, even while individual rights and reproductive autonomy for others have been severely curtailed. With the rise of authoritarian governments across the world we are witnessing renewed assaults on bodily freedoms. The aim of this special Program Committee-sponsored panel is to assess the landscape of reproductive politics and policies today, theorize new frames for reproductive justice, and explore progressive possibilities for the future. We draw on the rich history of Boston to highlight local and global activism.

Panelists:

Khiara Bridges (Boston University, Boston, USA)

Christa Craven (College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, USA)

Dana-ain Davis (Queens College, New York, USA)

Cei Lambert (Fenway Health, Boston, USA)

Susan Yanow (Our Bodies, Ourselves, Boston, USA)

Evelynn Hammonds, Moderator (Harvard University, Cambridge, USA)

Debora Diniz (International Women's Health Coalition; University of Brasilia, Brazil)

Presidential Plenary – Interrogating ‘the Threat’

Wednesday August 30th

The aim of this plenary is to stage a critical conversation regarding what we should be concerned about, as both STS scholars and members of wider publics.  How can we move through the discourses of fear that dominate the framing of contemporary ‘threats’, and re-articulate matters of concern in ways informed by the sensibilities of science and technology studies, as well as by our awareness of their limits?  The panel will consider these questions across domains of settler colonialism and the (post)colonial, (in)security and (anti)militarism,  bio and health politics, race/difference and (im)migration, and multi-species environments, as part of thinking and acting through the dominant narratives into new possibilities.  The session will be organized as more of a roundtable than a series of presentations, affording time for discussion both among the panelists and with the audience.    

Confirmed participants:

Karen Barad (University of California at Santa Cruz, USA)
Steve Epstein (Northwestern University, USA)
Joseph Masco (University of Chicago, USA)
Amade M’charek (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Kim TallBear (University of Alberta, Canada)
Lucy Suchman (Moderator, Lancaster University UK and President of 4S)

Enacting Environmental Data Justice:  A 4S Pre-Meeting Event

Time:  August 29, 4-8pm

Place: Boston TBD

Event Website

The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) invites STS scholars, 4S participants, and Boston-area civic science, environmental justice, and critical data advocates to participate in an experimental workshop titled Enacting Environmental Data Justice. Held on Tuesday, August 29, the evening before the 4S annual meeting begins, this event will explore possibilities for data justice through a framework of environmental justice.

 As the new presidential administration threatens to curtail environmental agencies and their infrastructures of data collection, a powerful grassroots movement has formed to archive and protect federally-maintained datasets and associated curated information. Including the many public data archiving events hosted by EDGI, these efforts have largely sought to maintain existing public resources and establish open data access in the face of efforts to undermine environmental science in the public interest. And yet the work of environmental justice, feminist science studies, and decolonial scholarship also cautions against an uncritical relationship with data, data collection, and data access. Diverse critical STS work on infrastructure, data, and design has much to offer to this conflicting moment when US state research practices are being dismantled, while at the same time projects of simple data preservation risk whitewashing science’s record of entanglement in economic, military, colonial and racist logics. Building from these insights, how can we develop a theoretically robust and politically engaged concept and practice of data justice?

The experimental workshop is designed as an open format with multiple tracks to draw together the heterogenous knowledges and communities. The tracks will be designed with input from participants.  

Some guiding questions are:

  • What are the essential elements of a program to enact environmental data justice?
  • How can tech communities assist to decolonize environmental knowledge?
  • How can specific data resources like the Toxics Release Inventory or other data interfaces be re-imagined to support community organizing objectives?
  • How can environmental fabulations or related playful data projects affect a positive vision for visualizing, communicating or reconceiving environmental relations?
  • How can data justice support science for the people or be used to hold the state accountable?  

Please RSVP here More information and opportunities to join in planning to follow on the EDGI website.

STS Making and Doing

Making and Doing Session Returns for Boston Meetintg

The STS Making and Doing Program aims at encouraging 4S members to share scholarly practices of participation, engagement, and intervention in their fields of study. It highlights scholarly practices for producing and expressing STS knowledge and expertise that extend beyond the academic paper or book. By increasing the extent to which 4S members learn from one another about practices they have developed and enacted, the initiative seeks to improve the effectiveness and influence of STS scholarship beyond the field and/or to expand the modes of STS knowledge production.

In addition to paper and session submissions, the 4S invites proposed presentations for the STS Making and Doing Session. Submissions for Making and Doing presentations are sought during abstract submission season for the Annual Meeting. Selected presentations will be displayed at an exhibition during the meeting.The STS Making and Doing program was premiered at the 2015 4S annual meeting in Denver. View the 2015 presentation summaries here.

Judging for the STS Making and Doing Award takes place during the meeting. This award formally acknowledges and celebrates distinctive achievements in practices of STS making and doing. It recognizes 4S members who have demonstrated scholarly excellence in formulating, enacting, and sharing theoretically-informed practices of participation, engagement, and intervention in their fields of study.

For further information, please contact Sara Wylie <s.wylie@northeastern.edu>.

4S / EASST 2016, Barcelona

4S/EASST Conference Barcelona 2016

August 31-September 3

Welcome to the 4s/EASST Conference Barcelona 2016!

The local committee welcomes you to the joint 2016 4S/EASST conference, held in Barcelona August 31-September 3.  We will collectively explore the ways in which science and technology are increasingly performed ‘by other means’, in a variety of exploratory activities that include the articulation of collectives that do not fit with the traditional actors in science and technology, or in ways that problematize the established value systems involved in the production of knowledge and technologies.  We hope you will engage with amazing presentations, share your research and ideas, create fruitful networks and enjoy the city!

Visit the official conference web site at http://www.sts2016bcn.org/. View a photo album.

4S 2015, Denver

Denver, Colorado, 11-14 November

Sheraton Downtown

Join 4S for this milestone, 40th anniversay meeting

Program

An interactive online meeting program is now available. You can log in and begin to plan your personal agenda, which can be saved for reference when you are on site. 

Alternatively, you can download the Complete Print Program PDF and/or the Program with Abstracts (275pp PDF).

Please note that the online program is the most authoritative and up to date.

Program Highlights

Download the Program Highlights PDF with speaker bios and prize presentation summaries, as well as Making & Doing presentation summaries.

Wed. 6:00 to 7:30: Presidential Plenary

Eight scholars reflect critically on issues 4S members face in the formation and ecologies of STS practitioners, examining the consequences of STS pedagogies, curricular designs, and learning practices for learners who may not seek the Ph.D. or career identities as researchers. 

Ulrike Felt (U Vienna, Austria)

Kim Fortun (Rensselaer, USA)

Yuko Fujigaki (U Tokyo, Japan)

Bruce Lewenstein (Cornell U, USA)

Noortje Marres (Goldsmiths U London/Warwick U)

Hernán Thomas (U Nacional de Quilmes/CONICET, Argentina)

John Willinsky (Stanford U, USA)

Chia-Ling Wu (National Taiwan U, Taiwan)

Wed. 7:30 - 9:30 pm: 4S Welcome Reception and Celebration of the new 4S journal, Engaging Science, Technology, and Society

Thurs. Noon to 4:00: Making & Doing Sessions

The STS Making and Doing Program aims at encouraging 4S members to share scholarly practices of participation, engagement, and intervention in their fields of study. It highlights scholarly practices for producing and expressing STS knowledge and expertise that extend beyond the academic paper or book. By increasing the extent to which 4S members learn from one another about practices they have developed and enacted, the initiative seeks to improve the effectiveness and influence of STS scholarship beyond the field and/or to expand the modes of STS knowledge production.

View presentation summaries here.

Fri. 6:00 to 7:30: Prize Plenary

Honoring the winners of the 2015 4S prizes, preview at http://www.4sonline.org/prizes

Fri. 7:30 to 11:00: Banquet celebrating 4S' 40th Annual Meeting 

Featuring special guests and surprises, plus French 'Nilla and the Decaf Muchachos

Conference Registration

Registration is now open at the new 4S Members portal. It is not to late to "edit your registration" to add a banquet ticket.

If you have not yet logged in to the new members site but have done business with 4S in the past few years, please use the "Forgot Password" function to retrieve your user name and password. (Note the password sent by email expires within 24 hours. The reset screen will show your user name, which is normally your first and last names, with no spaces. After logging in, you can change your user name to be your email address so you don't have to retain that bit of information.)

Please also note: Having submitted an abstract does not mean you have an account with the members site, as it is not connected to the program database. 

Registration Fees

 

 

Student and non-OECD

Professional

Member

Early 

$170

$270

 

Regular 

$270

$370

Non-member

Early 

$270

$370

 

Regular 

$370

$470

Upon logging in, the site will offer members the discounted rates. If your membership has expired, click "Membership" on the main menu and then follow the "Upgrade your membership" link. (Ignore the "Your membership is current and does not expire" language. It is referring to your guest membership to the web site.) 

Cancellation Policy

After August 15, cancellations will be accepted with a refund of 50%. Any cancellations after September 15 will not receive a refund.

Hotel Information

The meeting takes place at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 1550 Court Place. Denver, CO 80202. To book a room at the meeting rate of $139, visit https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/SSSS or phone 888-627-8405 and reference 4S or Society for Social Studies of Science.

Exhibitors

The 4S is the oldest and largest scholarly association devoted to studying science, technology and society. The annual meeting attracts over 1,000 scholars. Many attendees look forward to the book exhibit for finding new books for class, for their research, and for staying current in the field. Visit the Exhibitors page for information on how to participate.

Mentorship Program

The Mentorship Program has become a popular part of the 4S conference. The goal of the program is to exchange ideas with junior scholars and support their career development. A mentoring relationship assumes a minimum of one conversation at the 4S conference. It is hoped that mentoring relationships will also continue with at least two follow-up phone calls or emails during the following 12 months. We will match new scholars with more experienced scholars and make an effort to assign mentors outside of one's university. We hope that the mentoring project will allow new scholars to feel more at home in the STS community.

Visit the Mentorship Program registration page for more information and to sign up.

Childcare

Childcare for meeting attendees is available through The Amelia Agency. Reserve in advance at rachel.ameliaagency@gmail.com, or (303) 255-4928.

Travel Support for Students

Travel grant applications for 2015 have closed. 4S administers a travel fund to support graduate student participation in its annual meetings. In addition to the base funding, a special fund was created from proceeds from the 2010 meeting..

Important Dates

Monday, December 15, 2014: Submission opens for open panels

Sunday, January 18, 2015: Submission closes for open panels

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015: Submission opens

Sunday, March 29, 2015: Deadline for submissions of individual papers, session proposals and movies/videos.

Sunday, May 24, 2015: Acceptance notification.

May 25 – August 9, 2015: Early registration.

September 1, 2015: All presenters must register to be included in the program. For papers with more than one author, one presenter must register to be included in the final program.

September 13: Program posted

Call for Submissions

(Closed March 29)

The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) invites submissions for its 2015 conference in Denver, Colorado, November 11-14. There is no predetermined theme for the 4S conference. Individual abstracts and proposals for sessions should emphasize how they will make original and timely contributions to any theme relevant to science and technology studies (STS). We welcome papers, session proposals, events, and video or film presentations that are innovative in their delivery, organization, range of topics, and type of public.

New for 2015: Making and Doing Presentations

In addition to paper and session submissions, the 4S invites proposed presentations for a new meeting format and related awards called “STS Making and Doing.”  The STS Making and Doing initiative aims at encouraging 4S members to share scholarly practices of participation, engagement, and intervention in their fields of study. It highlights scholarly practices for producing and expressing STS knowledge and expertise that extend beyond the academic paper or book. Making and Doing proposals include a project description of 400-500 words.   Read the full Making and Doing call for submissions here.

Submission Instructions

Due to the ever-increasing number of submissions and the desire to be as inclusive as possible, each participant will be limited to only one paper or media presentation and one other activity (such as session chair or discussant but not a second paper) for a maximum of two appearances. Participation in the Making and Doing initiative is not counted toward this limit.

Individual submission abstracts should be up to 250 words. They should include the main arguments, methodology, and their contribution to the STS literature. Paper titles should not exceed 10 words. Please list five key words to assist the program chair to group individual papers into a session. You may choose to submit your paper abstract to an open panel where you would prefer your paper to be included, or you can leave panel selection to the program chairs. You can find the descriptions presented here, broken into three pages for length.

Session proposal abstracts should have a maximum of 250 words. Each session proposal should contain a summary and rationale, including a brief discussion of its contribution to STS. Session proposals should be based on the assumption of one-and-half hour time slots with fifteen minutes per presentation. A typical session may have four papers, one discussant, and open discussion slot. A minimum of three paper abstracts conforming to the above criteria for abstracts must be submitted for a proposed session. The program chair may assign additional papers to proposed sessions to meet the typical session composition. Each presenter in the session must have a user account in the submission system that includes name, affiliation, and contact information.

Submission Deadline: March 29, 2015.

Submit paper, session, and making and doing proposals here.

Open Panels

4S solicited and received proposals for ‘open panels’ (aka 'open sessions'). The purpose of calling for open panels is to stimulate the formation of new networks around topics of interest to the 4S/ESOCITE community. Like any meeting session, an open panel is a paper session with a theme and a responsible chairperson(s). In contrast to traditional session proposals, it is not submitted already filled up with papers. Rather, open panel topics, once accepted by the program chair, are subsequently included in the call for papers, and authors nominate their paper for one or more panels. An open panel may extend across up to three sessions of five papers each (i.e. a total of maximum 15 papers). Proposers of open panels are volunteering to chair a session of papers related to their topic. Open panel chairs will be informed of the submissions to their panel, and will be consulted in determining the panel's composition. But because of the need to distribute paper submissions over many sessions, the program chair has final authority over which papers will be included in the panel.

Contact Info

For information on conference and program practices, acceptance status, and scheduling, contact the Program Chair, Daniel Breslau.

For technical assistance with the submission or registration process, contact the 4S Webmaster.

4S / ESOCITE 2014, Buenos Aires


English Español Portugués

Sociedad Latinoamericana de Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia y la Tecnología (ESOCITE) and Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)

Buenos Aires, 20-23 August 2014
Intercontinental Hotel, (City Center)

4S Facebook Group  #4s2014

Photo Galleries: Webmaster's      Sulfikar Amir's

Opening Plenary

What is STS for? What are STS scholars for?: Making and doing in STS

Slide Presentations: English -- Spanish -- Portuguese

STS has gained intellectual standing, in part, by critiquing the linear model of knowledge creation, diffusion, and utilization.  Yet 4S and ESOCITE, as professional organizations, have emphasized exactly that by highlighting the presentation of academic papers and the production of articles and books for academic audiences. STS scholars worldwide routinely extend themselves beyond the linear model, formulating and enacting myriad practices of making and doing. Latin American STS scholars have worked, in particular, to demystify the neutrality of knowledge and to show that ‘mainstream’ knowledge does not imply or guarantee social utility. Might it be possible to extend the boundaries of 4S and ESOCITE as professional organizations to more closely approximate what STS scholars actually do? 

This session presents practices of articulating research-based analysis with scholarly activities that draw on that analysis to critically inflect arenas beyond the field.  The critical work of making and doing in STS frequently involves contesting locally dominant images of science and technology.  Every STS scholar arguably develops and enacts reflexive practices, perhaps most commonly by helping students critically analyze their own expertise, identities, and commitments. Many STS scholars immerse themselves and their careers in practices of making and doing, scaling up STS insights through a multitude of projects.

Through successful critical analysis, STS generated for itself the responsibility to formulate, demonstrate, and enact scholarly practices that go beyond the linear model. It is time for 4S and ESOCITE to grant greater visibility to such practices, to advance their scholarly contents and provide prominent occasions for talented scholars to better teach and learn from one another.

In this session, STS scholars alternating between 4S and ESOCITE each have three minutes to describe what they do, how they do it, why they do it, and for whom they do it. They highlight the production and expression of STS knowledge through practices of making and doing. They also map the effects and implications of this work for audiences beyond the boundaries of the field.

Speakers will present in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.  Translations of their presentations will appear in the other two languages on projection screens.

After the session, we invite you to go to the opening reception, introduce yourself to someone you don’t know, and then ask them: What do you do as an STS scholar? How do you do it? Why do you do it? And for whom do ou do it? 

Please continue this exercise throughout the joint meeting.  We hope you’ll build many new attachments that help you both share and improve your own practices of making and doing as STS scholars.

El campo CTS ha ido ganando prestigio intelectual, en parte, por sus críticas al modelo lineal de creación, difusión y utilización de conocimientos. Por cierto, 4S y ESOCITE, como organizaciones profesionales, han hecho hincapié exactamente en eso, poniendo de relieve la presentación de trabajos académicos y la producción de artículos y libros para audiencias académicas. Los investigadores de CTS en todo el mundo se han habituado a ir superando ellos mismos el modelo lineal, formulando y desarrollando una gran variedad de prácticas en sus quehaceres. Los investigadores de CTS en América Latina han trabajado, en particular, para desmitificar la neutralidad del conocimiento y para demostrar que el conocimiento "mainstream" no implica ni garantiza la utilidad social. ¿Podría ser posible extender los límites de 4S y ESOCITE, como organizaciones profesionales, para aproximarnos más a lo que los investigadores de CTS realmente están haciendo?

Esta sesión presenta las prácticas tendientes a articular los análisis basados en investigaciones con las actividades académicas utilizan esos análisis para influir críticamente en arenas que están más allá del propio campo. El trabajo crítico de “hacer CTS” implica a menudo impugnar las imágenes localmente dominantes de la ciencia y la tecnología. Podríamos decir que cada investigador en CTS desarrolla y promueve prácticas reflexivas, con frecuencia ayudando a los estudiantes a analizar críticamente su propia experiencia, sus identidades y sus compromisos. Muchos investigadores de CTS desarrollan sus carreras construyendo, al mismo tiempo, el campo CTS, amplificándolo a través de una multitud de proyectos.

Gracias a exitosos análisis críticos, CTS se ha visto frente a la responsabilidad de formular, demostrar y difundir prácticas académicas que vayan más allá del modelo lineal. Es oportuno que 4S y ESOCITE den una mayor visibilidad a este tipo de prácticas y, profundizando sus contenidos académicos, brinden una importante oportunidad a todos los investigadores para enseñar y aprender mejor unos de otros.
En esta sesión, los investigadores de CTS –que se alternarán entre los de 4S y los de ESOCITE- tendrán tres minutos cada uno para describir lo que hacen, cómo lo hacen, por qué lo hacen y para quién lo hacen. Podrán destacar la producción y la difusión del conocimiento CTS a través de prácticas concretas. También harán una reflexión sobre los efectos e implicaciones de este trabajo para los públicos que están más allá de los límites del campo.

Las presentaciones se realizarán en inglés, español o portugués, las que serán traducidas en los otros dos idiomas en las respectivas pantallas.

Después de la sesión, los invitamos a ir a la recepción de apertura, presentarse a alguien que no conozcan, y luego les pregunten: ¿Qué haces como investigador del campo CTS? ¿Cómo lo haces? ¿Por qué lo haces? ¿Y para quién lo haces?

Les sugerimos que continúen este ejercicio a lo largo de todo este congreso conjunto. Esperamos que ustedes puedan construir muchos y nuevos vínculos que los ayuden a compartir y mejorar sus propias prácticas de “hacer Ciencia, Tecnología y Sociedad”.

Chairs:

Pablo Kreimer, CONICET - Centro CTS Buenos Aires
Gary Downey, Virginia Tech

Participants:

Bienvenida y breve reseña de ESOCITE. Significado del Congreso Conjunto Pablo Kreimer, CONICET - Centro CTS Buenos Aires

Making and doing in STS Gary Downey, Virginia Tech

Rediseñar el presente: Pensar desde prácticas hacedoras de futuro Tania Pérez Bustos, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Ciencias sociales, prácticas y CTS: otra(s) forma(s) de situar la producción de conocimiento Leandro Rodriguez-Medina, Universidad de las Americas Puebla / University of Cambridge

ESCT: uma perspectiva latino-americana de esquerda Renato Dagnino, UNICAMP

STS in practice: developing civic science Sara Wylie, Northeastern University

CTS en la era de la globalización Hebe Vessuri, CIGA-UNAM

Fostering "reflexive scientists":  STS education for science graduate students at Sokendai Kenji Ito, Graduate University for Advanced Studies

CTS ¿Cómo responder cuando la complejidad te tiene contra las cuerdas? Alexis Mercado, Universidad Central de Venezuela

Engaging STS Alan Irwin, Copenhagen Business School

La relevancia de los estudios CTS para las políticas y el desarrollo social Rosalba Casas, Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, UNAM

Material Deliberation in Public Engagement with Science and Technology Kathryn D de Ridder-Vignone, Postdoctoral Fellow, Arizona State University / Assistant Professor, James Madison University

Estudios CTS en América Latina: entre viejos desafíos y nuevas agendas Mariela Bianco, Universidad de la Repulbica, Uruguay

Exnovation — innovation from within Jessica Mesman, Maastricht University

Los estudios CTS en la adversidad Eduardo Robles Belmont, IIMAS, UNAM

Antropofagia e histórias de conhecimento suficientemente respeitáveis Ivan da Costa Marques, Universidade ederal do Rio de Janeiro

Vendiendo el sublime sociotécnico: algunas reflexiones sobre la emergencia de los estudios CTS en Chile Sebastian Ureta, Departamento de Sociología, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago, Chile

TS on the street and in the court Chia-Ling Wu, National Taiwan University

CTS: La intersección entre políticas científicas y políticas sociales Ronny Viales-Hurtado, Universidad de Costa Rica

Situated intervention: STS experiments in healthcare Teun Zuiderent-Jerak, Linköping University

Estudos CTS para a América Latina ou com a América Latina?  Ou: podem os Estudos CTS servir para situar radicalmente qualquer conhecimento, inclusive os Estudos CTS? Henrique Luiz Cukierman, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

"I study how science changes." Encountering, provoking, and gaming science Joseph Dumit, UC Davis

Problemas ‘glocales’ e inclusión social en América Latina, una lectura CTS Maria Sonsire Lopez, Centro Estudios de la Ciencia. Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas

Embracing discomfort Jane Calvert, University of Edinburgh

Diseñar tecnologías/ Construir sociedad. De la no-neutralidad de los artefactos a la no-neutralidad de los estudios CTS Paula Juarez, Instituto de Estudios sobre la Ciencia y la Tecnología, Universidad Nacional de Quilmes

From Bhopal to late industrialism and Disaster-STS Kim Fortun, RPI

Tango Show



Held jointly with ESOCITE

Read a primer on Latin American STS, "Buenos Aires at the Crossroads of STS" Part One. Part Two.

Program

The program is now available. Download the PDF version or browse the program online. You can construct your personal schedule. You can also download the program with all the abstracts.

There is no need to send full manuscripts to the ESOCITE/4S Program Chairs. However, in some cases, session chairs may request the full papers.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday 19 August

Registration Begins Tuesday 19 Aug from 16:00 to 19:00 PM and continues daily, opening at 8:00am.

4S Publications Meeting 13:00-15:00 Tuesday 19 Aug
4S Council Meeting 15:00-18:00 Tuesday 19 Aug

Wednesday 20 August

 8.30-10.30 sessions
10.30-11.00 coffee break
11.00-13.00 sessions
13.00-14.00 lunch break
14.00-16.00 sessions
16.00-16.30 coffee break
Opening Plenary: 16:30-18:00 “What is STS for? What are STS scholars for: Making and Doing in STS”
Opening Reception and Tango Lessons (everyone invited!): 18:00-20:30

Thursday  21 August

 8.30-10.30 sessions
10.30-11.00 coffee break
11.00-13.00 sessions
13.00-14.00 lunch break
13.00 – 14.00 ESOCITE.BR. Dali
13.00-14.00 4S/ESOCITE Student Business Meeting. Soldi
14.00-16.00 sessions
16.00-16.30 coffee break
16:30-18:30 sessions
Banquet and Tango Show: 19.00-23.00pm

Friday  22 August

 8.30-10.30 sessions
10.30-11.00 coffee break
11.00-13.00 sessions
13.00-14.00 lunch break
SSS meeting 13:00-14:00
Engineering Studies  
13:00-14:00
STS-Africa and STS-Asia Pacific meetings 
14.00-16.00 sessions
16.00-16.30 coffee break
Prize Plenary: 16.30-18.30 Monserrat
4S Business meeting: 18:30-19:30
ESOCITE Open Meeting (“Asamblea de ESOCITE”) 18:30-19:30 Monserrat

Saturday 23 August

 8.30-10.30 sessions
10.30-11.00 coffee break
11.00-13.00 sessions
13.00-14.00 lunch break
EASTS meeting 13:00-14:00
14.00-16.00 sessions
16.00-16.30 coffee break
16:30-18:30 sessions

Travel to Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires has two international airports, International Airport Ministro Pistarini in Ezeiza (EZE) and Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP). There are daily flights to Buenos Aires offered by almost all major airlines (American Airlines, United, Iberia, British Airways, KLM, AirFrance, Alitalia, Lufthansa, Aeromexico, Lan, Delta, AirCanada, Swiss Airlines, and TACA, among others). For information about airlines and airports in Argentina, please visit http://www.aa2000.com.ar/aerolineasinternacionales.aspx.

From the airport...

There is no subway or train service from Ezeiza to Buenos Aires downtown, so people will have to use taxis (or “remises”, which is a kind of private taxi) or shuttle services. There are some buses services, but we don’t recommend them at all. They take so much time and you need to know the route very well to decide when to drop off. Besides, they’re usually too crowded to carry luggage.

This is the official website of Ezeiza Airport with information about transfer: http://www.aa2000.com.ar/taxisyremises.aspx

These two sites are also useful, although they seem to be a bit outdated (given the exchange rate they’re using to show fees): http://www.argentinaindependent.com/travel/top-5-ways-to-ezeiza-and-back/ http://airportbuenosaires.com/transportation-from-ezeiza.html

This site seems to be updated and offers info in English: http://www.worldcar-sa.com/welcome.html

Manuel Tienda León is an old company that offers shuttle service from Ezeiza to Puerto Madero (from where people should pick up a taxi). This service is highly safe and recommendable: http://www.tiendaleon.com/articulo/BEZEMAD/

About currency

Our Porteño friends advise us that the unofficial exchange rate for Argentine pesos, obtainable from hotels or independent brokers, is much more favorable to foreign visitors than the official rate obtained through banks and credit cards. The difference can be as much as 50%. The advice is to bring lots of cash and exchange locally. This is primarily applicable to US dollars and Brazilian Real.

If you need a visa...

Be sure to apply for a tourist Visa and not business or conference visa. No invitation or acceptance letter is required for a tourist Visa. Just indicate the hotel or something else about the destination. As migration authorities are not very familiar with academic work, they might interpret it as a business (commercial) meeting.

Important information for attendees living in the U.S., Canada, or Australia

While tourists from the USA, Canada and Australia do not need a visa to enter Argentina, they are charged a so called ‘reciprocity fee’ to enter the country. Fees vary by country of origin ($160 for travelers from the US, for example), but it must be paid online and in advance of arriving in the country. Cash payments will NOT be accepted at the airports.

To pay the fee, you must enter the Immigration Agency web site and create an account with their payment system. Detailed instructions can be found here. You must print your confirmation and present it to the immigration authorities.

Subway/Metro (“Subte”)

The subway consists of 6 lines and 78 stations. The operation of the Buenos Aires Subway starts around 5am and ends around 10pm. Current Rate with electronic card is $A 4.50 or $A 5 in cash.

Buses (“Colectivo”)

There are several bus lines that run through the City of Buenos Aires. The electronic ticket card varies between $A 3.00 and $A 4.00 depending on the distance . Fees paid with coins ranging from $A 6 to $A 8.

Taxi

It’s always recommended to call a taxi by phone or request in the hotel.

Tourist bus

The service of Buenos Aires Bus has schedules and fixed stops with the system Hop On Hop Off. It will be initiated in the first stop at 8:40 hs; while the last exit will be at 19 hs.The frequency will be of 20 minutes and the total extension of the circuit (20 stops) of 3 hours and 15 minutes. In each one of the stops buses will remain few minutes to allow the ascent and descent of the passengers. The tour includes 24 stops which are great tourist points in the City of Buenos Aires. Please visit http://www.buenosairesbus.com for information. The day ticket is $A 170 and the 48hs is $A 230.

Currency

Buenos Aires 's currency is the peso ($A).

Weather

Minimum average temperature in August is 8º C and maximum 17 °C, the average rainfall is 139.3 mm.

Electricity and plugs

All Argentina uses 220v. Buenos Aires plugs have three flat pins, so you need an adapter to use electrical appliances. In the vast majority of hotels will provide an adapter from reception and some have universal plugs.

Official time

The official time in Buenos Aires is GMT -3.

Conference Location & Lodging

Hotel Intercontinental
To book a room at the conference rate, use this e-mail address, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call this phone number: +54-11-4340-7101.

Hotel Intercontinental is in the heart of Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina. InterContinental Buenos Aires brings 1930s sophistication and service to Old Town. It’s easy to feel the Argentinean spirit when you’re so close to cultural mainstays such as tango academies, theatres, traditional coffee shops, and the soccer stadium. The financial district, San Telmo, and the famous Calle Florida shopping street are within walking distance.

Conference Registration

4S Members...

Log in to receive the member discount! Your user name is your email address. If you don't know your password, use the "Forgot Password" function to reset it. (Note the password sent by email expires within 24 hours.)

Non-4S Members...

Not a 4S member? You will be prompted to create a user account in order to complete your meeting registration. Please note that the 4S registration database is not connected to the program database. (Just because you submitted an abstract it doesn't mean you have an account here.) If you have not done business with 4S in the past few years, you will need to create an account at this location.

Everyone...

Follow the shopping cart process to select options and register for "4S - ESOCITE 2014 Buenos Aires". Note we use "First Name" and "Last Name" for your badge. Please ignore what appears in the "Badge Name" field.

Tango Banquet

Add a banquet ticket during registration to reserve your spot for this exciting Argentine banquet and performance. Space is limited!

Dear Colleagues, it is our great pleasure to announce a one-of-a-kind event that will be long remembered. Dinner & Tango shows in Buenos Aires are typically priced to US$150. The conference team has organized a special banquet on Thursday evening, August 21st, with live music and internationally renowned dancers.

The tango will be directed and performed by Jonathan Flores and Betsabet Spitel, "A pasos de tango" ensemble (Tango Steps). Filete Porteno (Body painting) shown here is by Jorge Musia, a filetero working in the traditional Buenos Aires style.

Dear Members, these are the world champions of stage tango. We have arranged for 4 musicians, 1 singer and the professional dancing partners. After the show there will be a dancing session, milonga, led by dedicated instructors.

Remember, it takes two to tango.

Pablo Kreimer & Leandro Rodriguez-Medina

Payment

Paying for your registration online is much preferred and is far simpler for everyone. If you must obtain an invoice in advance for payment by your institution, see http://www.4sonline.org/meeting/obtaining_and_paying_an_invoice for instructions. Substantial additional fees are required for bank transfers.

Registration Fees

Cancellation Policy: After July 21, cancellations will be accepted with a refund of 50%. Any cancellations after August 11 will not receive a refund.

Fee Type

Member Fee

Non-Member Fee

Professionals

Early: through May 31

$240.00

$315.00

Regular: through June 30

$320.00

$395.00

Late: July 1 and after

$400.00

$475.00

Latin American (working in L.A.) and Non-OECD

Early: through May 31

$190.00

$190.00

Regular: through June 30

$270.00

$270.00

Late: July 1 and after

$350.00

$350.00

Students

Early: through May 31

$150.00

$150.00

Regular: through June 30

$230.00

$230.00

Late: July 1 and after

$310.00

$310.00

 

Important Dates

  • December 18, 2013: Submission opens for individual papers, session proposals and movies/videos.
  • March 3, 2014: Deadline for submissions of individual papers, session proposals, and movies/videos.
  • April 7, 2014: Acceptance notification.
  • April 9 – May 31, 2014: Early registration.
  • June 1 – June 30: Regular registration
  • July 1, 2014: Late registration opens. All presenters must register by this date to be included in the final program. For papers with more than one author, one presenter must register to be included in the final program.
  • July 21, 2014: Final program posted.

Exhibitors

The 4S is the oldest and largest scholarly association devoted to studying science, technology and society. The annual meeting attracts over 1,000 scholars. Many attendees look forward to the book exhibit for finding new books for class, for their research, and for staying current in the field. Visit the Exhibitors page for information on how to participate. http://www.4sonline.org/meeting/exhibitors

Mentorship Program

The Mentorship Program has become a popular part of the 4S conference. The goal of the program is to exchange ideas with junior scholars and support their career development. A mentoring relationship assumes a minimum of one conversation at the 4S conference. It is hoped that mentoring relationships will also continue with at least two follow-up phone calls or emails during the following 12 months. We will match new scholars with more experienced scholars and make an effort to assign mentors outside of one's university. We hope that the mentoring project will allow new scholars to feel more at home in the STS community.

Visit the Mentorship Program registration page for more information and to sign up: http://www.4sonline.org/meeting/mentorship_program

Travel Support for Students

Travel grant applications have been processed and awardees notified. After the meeting, find instructions for reimbursement at http://www.4sonline.org/meeting/travel_grants

Contact Info

The meeting “home page” is at http://www.4sonline.org/meeting.

For information on conference and program practices, contact the Program Chairs, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

For technical assistance with the submission or registration process, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Scientific Committee

Hebe Vessuri (Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas / Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), Hernán Thomas (Universidad Nacional de Quilmes), Olga Restrepo (Universidad Nacional de Colombia), Antonio Arellano (Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México), Noela Invernizzi (Universidade Federal do Paraná), Rosalba Casas (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), Fernando Domínguez-Rubio (University of California San Diego), Javier Lezaún (University of Oxford), Vincenzo Pavone (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas), Anita Say Chan (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and María Puig de la Bellacasa (Leicester)

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS (CLOSED)

March 3, 2014: Deadline for Submissions of Individual Papers, Movies, and Session Proposals

The 2014 ESOCITE/4S joint conference will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The general theme of the conference is “Science in context(s): Souths and Norths”, which refers to the opportunity for STS scholars to meet colleagues (and research traditions) from other parts of the world, giving rise to new dialogues and exchanges.

Individual abstracts and proposals for sessions should emphasize how they will make original and timely contributions to any theme relevant to science and technology studies (STS). The Joint Meeting welcomes papers, session proposals, and events that are innovative in their delivery, organization, range of topics, and type of public, and which bring new resources to the STS community to explore these new relations and themes.

Apart from traditional research papers, the Joint Meeting conference also welcomes proposals for sessions and papers using ‘new media’ or other forms of new presentation. This year, we plan to hold special sessions in which presentations are in the form of a movie or video. Movie and video submissions should be related to STS. At this stage, a brief description of the movie/video (up to 250 words) and length will suffice.

Due to the ever increasing number of submissions and the desire to be as inclusive as possible, each participant will be limited to only one paper presentation or movie and one other activity (such as session chair or discussant but not a second paper) for a maximum of two appearances.

Individual submission abstracts should be up to 250 words. They should include the main arguments, methodology, and their contribution to the STS literature. Paper titles should not exceed 10 words. Please list five key words to assist the program chair to group individual papers into a session.

You may choose to submit your abstract to an open panel where you would prefer your paper to be included, or you can leave panel selection to the program chairs. The call for open panels was issued on November 3rd and received enthusiastic responses from both the ESOCITE and 4S communities. View the full descriptions here.

Session proposal abstracts should have a maximum of 250 words. Each session proposal should contain a summary and rationale, including a brief discussion of its contribution to STS. Session proposals should be designed to fit two-hour time slots. A typical session will contain six papers or five papers with a discussant. A minimum of three paper abstracts conforming to the above criteria for abstracts must be submitted for a proposed session. The program chairs may assign additional papers to proposed sessions to meet the typical session composition. Each presenter in the session must have a user account in the submission system that includes name, affiliation, and contact information. Session organizers can create user accounts on behalf of their authors, if necessary.

Movie and video submissions must draw on STS scholarship. At this stage, a brief description of the movie/video (up to 250 words) and length will suffice.

It is no longer possible to edit submissions. However, it is possible to edit your contact information, up until such time as the data is transferred to the program. Log in at http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/ssss/4s14/.

"Open Panels"

4S and ESOCITE accepted proposals for ‘open panels’. The selected open panels will later be included as part of the formal call for papers. A ‘panel’ is a session of papers that address a shared theme. The purpose of calling for open panels is to stimulate the formation of new networks around topics of interest to the 4S/ESOCITE community. Like any meeting session, an ‘open panel’ is a paper session with a theme and a responsible chairperson(s). The difference is that it is not submitted already filled up with papers. Rather, open panel themes are subsequently included in the call for papers (opening December 15), and authors nominate their paper for one or more panels. An open panel may extend across up to three sessions of five papers each (i.e. a total of maximum 15 papers).

Proposers of open panels commit to work closely with the program chairs to achieve the final composition of their panels, and they must be prepared to chair the panel or suggest colleagues who are willing to do so.


Congreso conjunto
Sociedad Latinoamericana de Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia y la Tecnología (ESOCITE) and Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)


Del 20 al 23 de Agosto de 2014 | Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hotel Intercontinental

Programa

El programa ya está disponible.. También puede descargar el programa con todos los resúmenes. Alternativamente, navegar por el programa en línea y construir su propio calendario personal.

Calendario de Eventos

Martes 19 de agosto

13.00-15.00     Reunión del Comité de Publicaciones de 4S

15.00-18-00     Reunión del Consejo de 4S

16.00-19.00     Inscripción

 

Miércoles 20 de agosto

8.30-18.30       Inscripción

8.30-10.30       Sesiones simultáneas

10.30-11.00     Coffee break

11.00-13.00     Sesiones simultáneas

13.00-14.00     Receso para almuerzo

14.00-16.00     Sesiones simultáneas

16.00-16.30     Coffee break

16.30-18.00     Sesión Plenaria de Apertura: “CTS, ¿para qué? ¿para quién?: Hacer Ciencia, Tecnología y Sociedad"

18.00-20.30     Lección de tango (abierta a todos los inscritos)

 

Jueves 21 de agosto

8.30-18.30       Inscripción

8.30-10.30       Sesiones simultáneas

10.30-11.00     Coffee break

11.00-13.00     Sesiones simultáneas

13.00-14.00     Receso para almuerzo

13.00-14.00     Reunión de Science, Technology & Human Values

14.00-16.00     Sesiones simultáneas

16.00-16.30     Coffee break

16.30-18.30     Sesiones simultáneas

19.00-23.00     Banquete y Show de Tango

Viernes 22 de agosto

8.30-10.30       Sesiones simultáneas

10.30-11.00     Coffee break

11.00-13.00     Sesiones simultáneas

13.00-14.00     Receso para almuerzo

13.00-14.00     Reunión de Social Studies of Science

13.00-14.00     Reunión de la Red CTS-África

13.00-14.00     Reunión de la Red CTS-Asia Pacífico

14.00-16.00     Sesiones simultáneas

16.00-16.30     Coffee break

16.30-18.30     Sesión Plenaria de Entrega de Premios

18.30-19.30     Asamblea de 4S

18.30-19.30     Asamblea de ESOCITE

 

Sábado 23 de agosto

8.30-10.30       Sesiones simultáneas

10.30-11.00     Coffee break

11.00-13.00     Sesiones simultáneas

13.00-14.00     Receso para almuerzo

13.00-14.00     Reunión de East Asian Science, Technology and Society

14.00-16.00     Sesiones simultáneas

16.00-16.30     Coffee break

16:30-18:30     Sesiones simultáneas

Inscripción en el Congreso

Deben iniciar la sesión para acceder al descuento como miembro. Su usuario es la dirección de correo electrónico que indicó. Si no conoce su contraseña, utilice la función " Olvidé mi contraseña" para restablecerla. (Tenga en cuenta que la contraseña enviada por correo electrónico expira en 24 horas)

Paro quienes no son miembros de 4S ...
Si usted no ha participado en actividades de 4S en los últimos años, deberá que crear una cuenta de usuario en nuestro sitio web para completar su inscripción al Congreso. Tenga en cuenta que la base de datos de inscripción de 4S no está conectada con la base de datos del programa. (Haber enviado un resumen no significa estar registrado en el sistema de inscripción)

Para todos...
Siga el proceso de compras para seleccionar las opciones y registrarse en el Congreso conjunto ESOCITE/4S. Nótese que utilizamos "Nombre" y " Apellido" para su tarjeta de identificación. Por favor, ignore el campo "nombre de la credencial" ("Badge Name").

Banquete y espectáculo de Tango

Agregue una entrada para el banquete durante el proceso de inscripción, para reservar su lugar en este emocionante banquete y el espectáculo de Tango Argentino. El espacio es limitado!

Estimados colegas, nos da un gran placer anunciar un evento único en su tipo, que será recordado por mucho tiempo. Una cena con show de tango en Buenos Aires suele costar U$ 150. El equipo del Congreso ha organizado un banquete especial la noche del jueves 21 de agosto, con música en vivo y bailarines de renombre internacional.

El show será dirigido y actuado por Jonathan Flores y Betsabet Spitel, del conjunto "A Pasos de tango".

Estimados colegas, ellos son campeones mundiales de tango escenario. Hemos invitado a 4 músicos, 1 cantante y parejas de baile profesionales. Después del espectáculo, habrá una sesión de baile, milonga, dirigido por instructores especializados.

Hacen falta 2 para bailar el tango!

Pablo Kreimer & Leandro Rodriguez-Medina

Pago
Es preferible y más sencillo pagar su inscripción on line. Si necesita una factura por adelantado para el pago por su institución, consulte en: http://www.4sonline.org/meeting/obtaining_and_paying_an_invoice para obtener instrucciones.
Puede haber un costo adicional para las transferencias bancarias.

Costos de Inscripción
Política de cancelación: Después del 21 de julio se aceptarán cancelaciones con reembolso del 50%. Las cancelaciones después del 11 de agosto no tendrán reembolso.

Tipo de tarifa

Tarifa para miembros

Tarifa para no miembros

Profesionales Senior

Temprano- 9 de abril – 31 de mayo de 2014:

$240.00

$315.00

Regular- 1ro de Junio – 30 de junio de 2014:

$320.00

$395.00

tardía:

$400.00

$475.00

Latinoamericanos (que trabajan en A. L.) y No-OCDE

Temprano- 9 de abril – 31 de mayo de 2014:

$190.00

$190.00

Regular- 1ro de Junio – 30 de junio de 2014:

$270.00

$270.00

tardía:

$350.00

$350.00

Estudiantes

Temprano- 9 de abril – 31 de mayo de 2014:

$150.00

$150.00

Regular- 1ro de Junio – 30 de junio de 2014:

$230.00

$230.00

tardía:

$310.00

$310.00

Fechas importantes

  • 18 de diciembre de 2013: se abre la convocatoria para ponencias individuales, propuestas de sesiones y películas/videos.
  • 03 de marzo de 2014: se cierra el periodo de envío de ponencias individuales, propuestas de sesiones y películas/videos.
  • 7 de abril de 2014: Notificación de aceptación.
  • 9 de abril – 31 de mayo de 2014: Periodo de inscripción temprana
  • 1ro de Junio – 30 de junio de 2014: Inscripción regular
  • 1 de julio de 2014: Se abre la inscripción tardía. Todos los ponentes deberán registrarse para ser incluidos en el programa final. Para ponencias con más de un autor, al menos uno de los presentadores deberá registrarse para estar incluidos en el programa final.
  • 21 de julio de 2014: Publicación del programa final.

Información de contacto

Para información sobre la conferencia y el programa, por favor contáctese con los organizadores Pablo Kreimer y Leandro Rodriguez Medina .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Para asistencia técnica con el envío de propuestas y resúmenes así como con el proceso de registro, por favor contáctese con el webmaster de 4S (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))
Más información en portugués, español e inglés en el sitio web del congreso conjunto: http://4sonline.org/meeting

Ubicación del congreso y alojamiento

Hotel Intercontinental
http://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/us/es/buenos-aires/bueha/hoteldetail
Para reservar una habitación en la tarifa de la conferencia, utilice esta dirección de correo electrónico, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) o llame a este número de teléfono: +54-11-4340-7101.

Buenos Aires, Argentina, C1091AAQ
Tel: (5411) 4340-7100

El lujo moderno y clásico se funden en la arquitectura de los años 30 de este hotel, en pleno corazón del casco histórico. Descubra su refugio en la ciudad con suites amplias, piscina bajo techo y spa. El hotel se encuentra en una ubicación ideal en el distrito financiero de Buenos Aires y otras atracciones como la arbolada Avenida de Mayo y El Zanjón de Granados, los cuales se remontan a 1830. Disfrute de la cultura argentina en las academias de tango, los teatros y los tradicionales cafés.

Viajar a Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires tiene dos aeropuertos internacionales, el Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini en Ezeiza (EZE) y el Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP). Hay vuelos diarios a Buenos Aires ofrecidos por las principales aerolíneas del mundo (American Airlines, United, Iberia, British Airways, KLM, AirFrance, Alitalia, Lufthansa, Aeromexico, Lan, Delta, AirCanada, Swiss Airlines, y TACA, entre otras).

Para información sobre aerolíneas y aeropuertos en Argentina, por favor visite el sitio web
http://www.aa2000.com.ar/aerolineasinternacionales.aspx

Acerca del dinero

Nuestros amigos porteños nos aconsejan que el tipo de cambio ‘no oficial’ de pesos argentinos, que se pueden obtener desde los hoteles o corredores independientes, es mucho más favorable a los visitantes extranjeros que la tasa oficial obtenida a través de bancos y tarjetas de crédito. La diferencia puede ser tanto como 50%. El consejo es llevar una cierta cantidad de dinero en efectivo y cambiarlo a nivel local. Esto es aplicable principalmente a dólar y el real brasileño.

Subte (Metro)

El Subte está formado por 6 líneas y 78 estaciones. El funcionamiento del Subte de Buenos Aires comienza alrededor de las 5am y finaliza altededor de las 10pm. La tarifa actual con tarjeta electrónica (SUBE o monedero) es de $A 4,50 y en efectivo $A 5.

Colectivos (Autobús)

Existen numerosas líneas de colectivo que recorren la Ciudad de Buenos Aires. El boleto con tarjeta electrónica (SUBE) varía entre $A 3,00 y $A 4,00 dependiendo del recorrido. Las tarifas abonadas con monedas varía entre $A 5 y $A 8.

Taxi

Se recomienda siempre llamar un taxi por teléfono o solicitarlo en el hotel o a los asistentes durante el congreso (web)

Bus turístico

El servicio de bus turístico, funciona de forma regular con horarios y paradas fijas y con el sistema Hop On Hop Off. En invierno, inicia en la primera parada a las 9:00 hs., mientras que la última salida será a las 17.20 hs. La frecuencia será de 20 minutos y la duración total del circuito (20 paradas) de 3 horas y 15 minutos. En cada una de las paradas permanecerá detenido durante breves minutos, para permitir el ascenso y descenso de los pasajeros si los hubiese, o bien sin movimientos de personas.El recorrido está armando en base a 24 paradas que constituyen puntos de gran interés turístico de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires. Ingresar a http://www.buenosairesbus.com para más información. El precio regular para un día es de $A 170.

Moneda

La moneda de Buenos Aires es el peso ($A).

Clima

La temperatura promedio mínima en el mes de agosto es de 8 ºC y la máxima 17 ºC.

Electricidad y enchufes (tomacorrientes)

Toda la Argentina utiliza corriente a 220 v. Los enchufes de Buenos Aires tienen tres patillas planas, por lo que es necesario usar un adaptador para utilizar los aparatos eléctricos. En la gran mayoría de los hoteles les facilitarán un adaptador en recepción y algunos cuentan con enchufes universales.

Hora oficial

La hora oficial en Buenos Aires es GMT-3.

Horario comercial

El horario comercial de las tiendas en Buenos Aires es, de forma general, de lunes a viernes desde las 9am hasta las 8pm, y los sábados de 9am a 1pm. En las principales zonas comerciales las tiendas permanecen abiertas los sábados por la tarde.

Apoyos de viajes para estudiantes

Concluido el periodo de revisión de ponencias individuales y sesiones propuestas, se ofrecerán ayudas de viaje para estudiantes de ambas organizaciones.

Miembros de 4S: por favor, visiten http://www.4sonline.org/meeting/travel_grants

Miembros de ESOCITE: oportunamente se informará en el sitio web de la organización.

Comité Científico

Hebe Vessuri (Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas / Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), Hernán Thomas (Universidad Nacional de Quilmes), Olga Restrepo (Universidad Nacional de Colombia), Antonio Arellano (Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México), Noela Invernizzi (Universidade Federal do Paraná), Rosalba Casas (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), Fernando Domínguez-Rubio (University of California San Diego), Javier Lezaún (University of Oxford), Vincenzo Pavone (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas), Anita Say Chan (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and María Puig de la Bellacasa (Leicester)

Programa del congreso

El programa preliminar será publicado el 12 de mayo de 2014 y el final será publicado el 21 de julio del 2014.

 

Convocatoria para Presentaciones (Cerrado)

3 de marzo de 2014: Fecha límite para el envío de ponencias individuales, películas/videos y propuestas de sesiones

El Congreso conjunto ESOCITE/4S de 2014 tendrá lugar en Buenos Aires, Argentina. El tema general es “Ciencia en contexto(s): Sur(es) y Norte(s)”, que brinda la oportunidad para académicos CTS de encontrarse con colegas (y tradiciones de investigación) de otras partes del mundo, dando lugar a diálogos e intercambios.

Los resúmenes individuales y las propuestas de paneles deben enfatizar la contribución original y pertinente que hacen a los temas relevantes de los Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia y Tecnología (ESCT). El congreso conjunto espera recibir ponencias, propuestas de sesiones y eventos que sean contribuciones oportunas e innovadoras en su forma de exposición, organización, rango temático y tipo de público, y que provean nuevos recursos a la comunidad CTS para explorar estas nuevas relaciones y temas.

Además de las tradicionales ponencias de investigación, el Congreso conjunto aceptará especialmente propuestas de sesiones y ponencias que usen formas de presentación novedosas. Este año planeamos tener sesiones especiales en las cuales las presentaciones sean en forma de películas o videos. Los videos y las películas debe estar relacionadas con el campo CTS y, en este momento, será suficiente una breve descripción de la película o video (hasta 250 palabras).

Debido al número creciente de propuestas y al deseo de ser lo más incluyentes posibles, cada participante está limitado a sólo una presentación de ponencia, película o video y a alguna otra actividad (como responsable de una mesa o comentarista) hasta un máximo de dos apariciones.

Los resúmenes individuales deben tener hasta 250 palabras y deben incluir los argumentos principales, la metodología y su contribución a la literatura CTS. El título de las ponencias no deberá exceder las 10 palabras. Por favor, enliste cinco palabras claves que posibiliten a los organizadores agrupar las ponencias individuales en sesiones.

Se puede elegir enviar su resumen a un panel abierto, o dejar la elección del panel a los organizadores. La convocatoria para paneles abiertos se publicó el 3 de noviembre y recibió una respuesta entusiasta de las comunidades de ESOCITE y 4S (se aceptaron alrededor de 100 paneles). Para ver una descripción completa, por favor visite el sitio web http://www.4sonline.org/open_sessions.

Las propuestas de sesiones también deben tener un resumen de un máximo de 250 palabras. Cada propuesta deberá contener además una fundamentación, incluyendo una pequeña discusión de su contribución al campo CTS. Las sesiones deben ser propuestas para bloques de dos horas. Una sesión típica contendrá seis ponencias o cinco ponencias y un comentarista. Las sesiones deben contener un mínimo de tres ponencias, las que deberán respetar los criterios enunciados para los resúmenes. Los organizadores pueden asignar ponencias adicionales a las sesiones propuestas para cumplir con la composición estándar de la sesión. Cada presentador de la sesión deberá tener una cuenta de usuario en el sistema de envío que incluya nombre, afiliación y datos de contacto. Los organizadores de sesiones podrán crear cuentas de usuarios en representación de los autores si fuera necesario.

Ya no es posible editar las presentaciones. Sin embargo, sí es posible editar su información de contacto, hasta el momento en que los datos se transfieren al programa. Para ello, entrar en http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/ssss/4s14/.

 


Congresso conjunto

Sociedade Latino-americana de Estudos Sociais da Ciência e da Tecnologia (ESOCITE)
e
Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)

20 a 23 de Agosto de 2014 | Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hotel Intercontinental

O programa já está disponível. Você também pode baixar o programa com todos os resumos. Em alternativa, procure o programa on-line e construir sua agenda pessoal.

Fechas Importantes

  • 18 de dezembro de 2013: Abertura da chamada de trabalhos individuais, propostas de sessão e filmes / vídeos.
  • 03 de março de 2014: Término do período de submissão de trabalhos individuais, propostas de sessão e filmes / vídeos.
  • 7 de abril de 2014: : Notificação de aceitação.
  • 9 de abril – 31 de maio de 2014: Período de inscrição antecipada.
  • 1o. de junho – 30 de junho de 2014: Inscrição normal
  • 1o. de julho de 2014: Abertura da inscrição tardia. Todos os apresentadores deverão se registrar para serem incluídos no programa final. Para trabalhos com mais de um autor, pelo menos um dos apresentadores deverá se registrar para.
  • 21 de julho de 2014: Publicação do programa final.

Inscrição no Congresso

Você deve acessar o website para obter o desconto dos membros. Seu usuário é o endereço de e-mail que você forneceu. Se você não sabe sua senha, utilize o "Forgot Password" para reiniciar. (Note que a senha expira em 24 horas)

Para não-membros de 4S...
Se você ainda não participou de atividades 4S nos últimos anos, você terá de criar uma conta de usuário em nosso site para completar a sua inscrição para o Congresso. Aponta-se que o registro da base de dados 4S não está ligado à base de dados do programa. (Ter enviado um resumo não implica de maneira nenhuma ser incluído no sistema de inscrição)

Para todos os participantes...
Siga o processo de compra para selecionar as opções e se registrar no Congresso ESOCITE/4S. Note que usamos "Nome" e "Sobrenome" para o seu cartão de identificação. Por favor, ignore o campo "crachá" ("Name Badge").

Jantar e Show de tango

Adicione uma entrada para o banquete durante o processo de inscrição para reservar a sua vaga nesta festa emocionante e no show de Tango Argentino. O espaço é limitado!

Caros colegas, é com grande prazer que anunciamos um evento único, que será lembrado por muito tempo. Um jantar com show de tango em Buenos Aires custa normalmente US $ 150. A equipe do Congresso organizou um banquete especial na noite de quinta feira, 21 de agosto, com música ao vivo e bailarinos de renome internacional.

O show será dirigido e interpretado por Jonathan Flores e Betsabet Spitel, do ensemble "A passos de tango", que são campeões mundiais de tango.
Convidamos quatro músicos, um cantor e dançarinos profissionais. Após o show, haverá uma sessão de dança, milonga, liderada por instrutores especializados.

Necessitam-se dois para dançar o tango!
Pablo Kreimer & Leandro Rodriguez-Medina

Pagamento
É melhor e mais fácil pagar a sua inscrição on-line. Se você precisar de uma fatura para pagamento antecipado por sua instituição, por favor consulte: http://www.4sonline.org/meeting/obtaining_and_paying_an_invoice para obter instruções.

Pode haver um custo adicional para as transferências bancárias.

Taxas de Inscrição

Cancelamento: Após 21 de julho cancelamentos serão aceitos com reembolso de 50 %. Cancelamentos após 11 de agosto não serão reembolsados.

Tipo de tarifa

Tarifa para membros

Tarifa para não membros

Professores/Senior

Antecipada: 9 de abril – 31 de maio

$240.00

$315.00

Normal: 1o. de junho – 30 de junho

$320.00

$395.00

Tardia:

$400.00

$475.00

Latino-americanos (que trabalham em A. L.) y Não-OCDE

Antecipada: 9 de abril – 31 de maio

$190.00

$190.00

Normal: 1o. de junho – 30 de junho

$270.00

$270.00

Tardia:

$350.00

$350.00

Estudiantes

Antecipada: 9 de abril – 31 de maio

$150.00

$150.00

Normal: 1o. de junho – 30 de junho

$230.00

$230.00

Tardia:

$310.00

$310.00

Informações para contato

Para obter informações sobre o congresso e o programa, por favor, entre em contato com os organizadores Pablo Kreimer e Leandro Medina Rodriguez .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Para obter assistência técnica sobre a submissão de propostas e resumos, bem como o processo de registro, por favor, entre em contato com o webmaster de 4S (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

Mais informações em Português, Espanhol e Inglês no website do congresso conjunto: http://4sonline.org/meeting

Localizaçâo do congresso e Acomodações

Hotel Intercontinental
http://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/us/es/buenos-aires/bueha/hoteldetail
Para reservar um quarto no a tarifa da conferência, use este endereço de e-mail, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) ou ligue para este número de telefone: +54-11-4340-7101.

Moreno 809
Buenos Aires, Argentina, C1091AAQ
Fone: (5411) 4340-7100

O luxo moderno e clássico se misturam na arquitetura dos anos 30 neste hotel no coração do centro histórico. Encontre o seu refúgio na cidade, com espaçosas suítes, piscina coberta e spa. O hotel está em uma localização ideal na área de negócios de Buenos Aires e outras atrações, como a arborizada Avenida de Mayo e El Zanjón de Granados, que datam de 1830. Desfrute da cultura argentina em academias de tango, teatros e cafés tradicionais.

Viajar para Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires tem dois aeroportos internacionais, o Aeroporto Internacional Ministro Pistarini, em Ezeiza (EZE) e Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP). Há vôos voos diários para Buenos Aires oferecidos pelas principais companhias aéreas do mundo (American Airlines, United, Iberia, British Airways, KLM, Air France, Alitalia, Lufthansa, United Airlines, Lan, Delta, AirCanada, Swiss Airlines, TACA, etc.)

Para obter informações sobre as companhias aéreas e aeroportos na Argentina, por favor, visite o website http://www.aa2000.com.ar/aerolineasinternacionales.aspx

Apoio de viagem para os estudantes

Finalizado o período de revisão de trabalhos individuais e propostas de sessão, será oferecida ajuda de custo de viagem para estudantes das duas organizações.
Membros 4S: visite http://www.4sonline.org/meeting/travel_grants
Membros ESOCITE: será informado no site da organiz

4S 2013 San Diego


October 9 – 12, 2013 — San Diego, California
Town and Country Resort and Convention Center

View photos from the San Diego meeting

Videos from the Presidential Prize Plenary

Gary Downey remarks

Bernal Prize presentation

Fleck Prize presentation

Carson Prize presentation

Pablo Kreimer remarks

Ethnografilm Festival promo

Read the Evaluation Survey summary

Check out the #4S2013 Twitter trail.

Program

Download program Errata sheet.

The final program can be viewed online. Select from the links on the left side of the page.

The final print program can now be downloaded in PDF form.

You can also download all the program abstracts in a PDF file.

Stay Informed

Stay informed while on site by following @4sWeb and #4s2013 on Twitter. Share through the 4S Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/451727395509/.

Conference Highlights

The conference will begin on Wednesday evening with the Presidential Plenary, followed by a reception. All 4S participants are encouraged to attend, to mingle and to converse.

The sessions will officially begin on Thursday at 8:30 am and end on Saturday evening.

Banquet for Everyone: Friday evening will include the 4S Presidential Prize Plenary, followed by a banquet. This year, the banquet is included in the registration fee.

"Good Vibrations" Beach Party and Jam. Thursday evening, travel by bus to Mission Beach for beach party, bonfire, smores, and more. Please also bring your musical instruments and noise machines along so we can have one of the biggest STS jam bands ever. Free, ticket required, space limited to the first 500 who register.

There will be two‘Author Meets Critic’ sessions.

Important Dates

  • December 3, 2012: Submission opens for open panels
  • January 6, 2013: Submission closes for open panels
  • January 23,2013: Submission opens
  • March 17, 2013: Deadline for submissions of individual papers, session proposals and movies/videos.
  • May 12, 2013: Acceptance notification.
  • May 13 – July 28, 2013: Early registration.
  • August 18, 2013: Preliminary program posted.
  • September 15, 2013: Last day to book a room at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center to get the reduced rate. We recommend early booking since room availability is based on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • September 1, 2013: All presenters must register to be included in the final program. For papers with more than one author, one presenter must register to be included in the final program.
  • September 22, 2013: Final program posted.

Conference Registration

Members, log in to receive the member discount! Your user name is your email address. If you don't know your password, use the "Forgot Password" function to reset it. (Note the password sent by email expires within 24 hours.) Please note that the 4S registration database is not connected to the program database. If you have not done business with 4S in the past, you will need to create an account at this location.

Follow the shopping cart process to select options and register for the Annual Meeting. Note we use "First Name" and "Last Name" for your badge. Please ignore what appears in the "Badge Name" field.

Not a member? You will need to register with the web site as a guest in order to complete your meeting registration. Add a 4S membership to your shopping cart along with your registration and the discounted registration rate will be applied during checkout.

Paying for your registration online is much preferred and is far simpler for everyone. If you must obtain an invoice in advance for payment by your institution, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for instructions. Additional fees are required for bank transfers.

Registration Fees

Fees include the Friday Awards banquet.

Early registration ends on 07/28/2013.
Regular registration starts on 07/29/2013 and ends on 10/8/2013.
Late registration starts on 10/9/2013.

Cancellation Policy: After August 15, cancellations will be accepted with a refund of 50%. Any cancellations after September 15 will not receive a refund.

($ US) Students and non-OECD Professional
Member Early 150 250
Regular 225 375
Late 300 500
Non-member Early 195 325
Regular 270 450
Late 345 575

Exhibitors

The 4S is the oldest and largest scholarly association devoted to studying science, technology and society. The annual meeting attracts over 1,000 scholars. Many attendees look forward to the book exhibit for finding new books for class, for their research, and for staying current in the field. Visit the Exhibitors page for information on how to participate. http://www.4sonline.org/meeting/exhibitors

Mentorship Program

The Mentorship Program has become a popular part of the 4S conference. The goal of the program is to exchange ideas with junior scholars and support their career development. A mentoring relationship assumes a minimum of one conversation at the 4S conference. It is hoped that mentoring relationships will also continue with at least two follow-up phone calls or emails during the following 12 months. We will match new scholars with more experienced scholars and make an effort to assign mentors outside of one's university. We hope that the mentoring project will allow new scholars to feel more at home in the STS community.

Visit the Mentorship Program registration page for more information and to sign up: http://www.4sonline.org/meeting/mentorship_program

Travel Support for Students

Applications for travel grants for students are being accepted until June 3. See http://www.4sonline.org/meeting/travel_grants

Conference Location & Lodging

Town and Country Resort and Convention Center (www.towncountry.com/ )
500 Hotel Circle North   
San Diego, California 92108
Tel: (619) 291-7131
Fax: (619) 291-3584
Reservations: To obtain the discounted room rate of $159 /night, point your browser to https://resweb.passkey.com/go/e7f92687
Town and Country Resort & Convention, comprising 32 acres, is next to the 27-hole Riverwalk Golf Club. The University of San Diego, Presidio Park, and the San Diego Zoo are within two miles of this resort. Ocean Beach is five miles away and SeaWorld San Diego is 4 miles away.

Light Rail Trolley Just a short stroll from the Town and Country Resort Hotel will take you to the San Diego Trolley pick-up. The trolley is a great way to get around San Diego when you’re sightseeing, shopping, or going to specific events. Travel by trolley to the Gaslamp Quarter, Old Town, Downtown San Diego, the Convention Center and Seaport Village. You can also reach San Diego’s sporting event venues - Qualcomm Stadium, Petco Park, San Diego State and Viejas Arena by trolley.

Travel to San Diego

By Air

  • San Diego International Airport (SAN), sometimes called Lindbergh Field, is conveniently located near downtown, and most major airlines fly to it.

By Train

  • Amtrak , Station Building (with waiting room), 1050 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101

By Bus

  • Greyhound Bus Station, 120 W Broadway (between 1st Ave & Front St), San diego, CA 92101

By Car

  • Take I-5 from Los Angeles and northern California, I-15 from Las Vegas, and I-8 from Phoenix.

Directions to our San Diego Resort Hotel
Interstate 8 East (El Centro)
Take 2nd Hotel Circle Exit and turn left going under the overpass.

Interstate 8 West (Beaches)
Exit Hotel Circle and turn right.

Interstate 5 North or South
Exit onto Interstate 8 East (El Centro) and exit 2nd Hotel Circle exit, turn left continuing under the overpass.

Interstate 805 North or South
Interstate 15 North or South & Hwy 163. Exit onto Interstate 8 West (Beaches), exit Hotel Circle and turn right.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) invites submissions for its 2013 conference in San Diego, California. There is no predetermined theme for the 4S conference. Individual abstracts and proposals for sessions should emphasize how they will make original and timely contributions to any theme relevant to science and technology studies (STS).

The 4S conference welcomes papers, session proposals, and events that are innovative in their delivery, organization, range of topics, type of public, and which bring new resources to the STS community to explore these new relations and themes. Apart from traditional research papers, the 4S conference also welcomes proposals for sessions and papers using ‘new media’ or other forms of new presentation. This year we plan to hold special sessions on movies and videos where the main item submitted will be a movie or video. We plan to have a room dedicated to showing of movies. Movies of variable length can be submitted.

Each participant in the conference will be limited to only one paper or movie presentation and one other activity (such as session chair or discussant but not a second paper) for a maximum of two appearances.

Submission Process

Paper and session submission season has closed. You can still update personal information, such as your email or affiliation, at http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/ssss/4s13/.

Contact Info

The meeting “home page” is at http://www.4sonline.org/meeting.

For general meeting information and any questions about the program, contact the Program Chair, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) , University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Telephone: 1-505-2777756].

For technical assistance with the submission or registration process, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Obtaining and Paying an Invoice

Find your invoice

You can find a 4S store invoice in you Profile on the 4s members site. After logging in, click on 'Manage Profile' in the right sidebar.

Pay online

You can select the invoice and pay online by Visa or Mastercard.

Pay by check

Send a bank check in US Dollars, payable to Society for Social Studies of Science, to the address below. This option does not require an extra fee.

Dr. Paige Miller
University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology
KFA 326
River Falls, WI 54022 USA

Bank / Wire Transfer Information

Bank Name: Chase Bank

Swift Code:   CHASUS33   (Please note that in some cases XXX must be added after the Swift Code for a successful transfer.)

Account Name: Society for Social Studies of Science

Account Number 1585619032

International Routing Number:    021000021

Domestic Routing Number (also called ABA code):    021000021

Account Contact: Wesley Shrum, Sociology Dept, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803 U.S.

Bank Address: 270 Park Ave. New York, NY 10017 

2012 Annual Meeting


October 17-20, 2012, Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark
Held jointly with European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST)

Conference photo gallery

Program

The local organizing committee has put together a lively array of activities. for details, see below.

The final meeting program is now available for downloading. (5 Mb PDF)

Alternatively, download the full program with abstracts. (v 9/18/12, 4.5mb PDF)

Schedule at a Glance

Time

Wednesday

12:30 – 19:00

Registration and Fair

14:00 – 18:00

Design and Displacement
Thematic opening sessions:
· Laura Watts, Lucy Suchman and Pelle Ehn
· Anders Blok
· Annemarie Mol

18:00 – 20:00

Reception

 

Time

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

09:00 – 10:30

30 Parallel Sessions

30 Parallel Sessions

30 Parallel Sessions

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break

Coffee break

Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30

30 Parallel Sessions

30 Parallel Sessions

30 Parallel Sessions

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 30

30 Parallel Sessions

30 Parallel Sessions

30 Parallel Sessions

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee break

Coffee break

Coffee break

16:00 – 17:30

30 Parallel Sessions

Presidential Plenary

30 Parallel Sessions

Evening

19:00‐21:00
Reception
Copenhagen City Hall

19:00‐24:00
Banquet: New Nordic
Tasting Buffet
CBS, The Kiln Hall

From Copenhagen to Copenhagenization

At the 4S/EASST conference 2012, the local organizing committee invites you to explore not only the city of Copenhagen, but also the phenomenon of Copenhagenization. This concept refers to the status the city has acquired as a site for experimental design, green city development, and bicycling. When part of Broadway on Manhattan was turned into a bike path, this was talked about as an instance of Copenhagenization. In line with the overall theme of the 2012 4S/EASST conference, Design and Displacement, the local organizing committee wishes to discuss Copenhagen as a socio material space, which constantly evolves through design experiments and their partly unexpected effects.

On Wednesday October 17, we thus attempt to ‘localize’ the conference and address the concept of ’Copenhagenization’ as an example of a range of specific design experiments in relation to city planning and sustainability. We zoom in on interventions in relation to traffic planning, bicycling, culture, gastronomy, etc., and look at how they disturb existing technical, organizational, and cultural spaces. Throughout the conference, we will serve New Nordic food, and on Wednesday there will be tasters and exhibitions about this theme in the registration area.

Local Arrangements

Download these handy arrival and orientation instructions.

The city of Copenhagen was founded more than 800 years ago, and is known for combining the old-world charm of its medieval origins with the vibrant life of a modern European metropolis. Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark, but with merely 1.5 million inhabitants, the city is human in scale. A network of car-free pedestrian zones and cobbled squares creates a lively and attractive downtown area with cafés, cinemas and museums. The high quality public transportation system, consisting of the metro, buses, and trains connects the centre with its suburbs and the airport (a 20-minute ride). Additional information on the conference locale, including lodging recommendations, is available on the special local organizing committee website.

Special Events

Bike ride during lunch break

Thursday or Friday, 12:30-14:00
Max. 100 participants (SOLD OUT)
Price: free of charge

“The Wall”, a visit to an outdoor exhibition at Copenhagen City Museum

The award winning project 'The Wall' is the Museum of Copenhagen's newest interactive initiative. A 12 meter long mobile touch screen, it moves around the city alongside the metro digs and enables the visitors to both upload and scroll through archival material in a vast 3d cityscape, neighborhood by neighborhood, keyword by keyword, or theme by theme. According to the museum website, the Wall was created to 'kindle curiosity in, a desire for knowledge about and a delight in discussing, matters concerning the capital' by creating 'a street level meeting place, where citizens and/or guests to the city can exchange ideas on whatever facets of the city they find interesting'. During 4s/EASST the Wall will be located close to the conference venue by Frederiksberg Runddel and you will be invited to join us for a walk there, visit The Wall's website (http://vaeggen.copenhagen.dk/en/) to take part in the palaver around Copenhagen and copenhagenization, or take a lunch break tour to The Wall with project coordinator Sarah Giersing and curator Jacob Parby Ingemann.

When: in the lunch breaks Thursday and Friday from 12.30-14
Where: we will walk together from the 'The Wall' meeting point at the central conference site at CBS
Registration: Participation is free of charge but capacity is limited. Register here. You will be required to log in.

Exhibition at the Medical Museion:

Medical Museion welcomes you to an early evening about the prevention and treatment of obesity. The evening offers an introduction and a visit to Museion's new exhibition Obesity - What's the problem? STS ethnologist, Astrid Jespersen, will give a short presentation on a research project at the University of Copenhagen, looking to find ways to prevent obesity by stimulating physical activity in everyday life. Visit this historical 18th century building, and take part in a joint discussion on the redesign of bodies through displacement of the internal organs, and on external, socio-political obesity categories.

The museum is located in the former Royal Academy of Surgeons from 1787 and adjacent buildings in Frederiksstaden, a Copenhagen neighborhood which is currently a candidate for inclusion in UNESCO's World Heritage List. The Museum is placed right next to the big Marble church and in walking distance from The Little Mermaid. Additionally, a 10 min walk takes you to Nyhavn, the old center of Copenhagen and home to many good restaurants and the Royal Theatre.

Time: Thursday 18.30
Place: Medical Museion, Bredgade 62 DK-1260 Copenhagen K Getting there: Take subway from Copenhagen Business School (CBS) to Nyhavn and walk 10 min out Bredgade, or take bus 1A or bus 15 from Nyhavn, stops in front of museum.
Registration: Max 70 visitors. Participation is free of charge. Register here. You will be required to log in.

Reception at Copenhagen City Hall

Thursday, 19:00-21:00
Max. 600 participants (SOLD OUT)
Price: free of charge

Banquet: New Nordic tasting buffet and dancing at The Kiln Hall, Copenhagen Business School

Friday, 19:00-24:00
If you are registered for the conference, it is not too late to add a banquet ticket. Use the "Copenahagen Activities" registration page to purchase a ticket.

Conference Registration: CLOSED

Due to an extraordinarily high level of registrations, facilities are at maximum occupancy and the Conference organizers have closed all further registration. We apologise for any disappointment this might cause.

Registration Fees

Fees include buffet lunches, Thursday through Saturday.

Early registration ends on 07/27/2012.
Regular registration starts on 07/28/2012 and ends on 10/17/2012.
Late registration starts on 10/17/2012.

Cancellation Policy: After September 1, cancellations will be accepted with a refund of 50%. Any cancellations after October 1 will not receive a refund.

(USD) Student and non-OECD Professional
Member Early  $170 $290
  Regular  $250 $400
  Late  $300 $500
Non-member Early  $250 $400
  Regular  $350 $590
  Late  $440 $750

Exhibitors

The 4S is the oldest and largest scholarly association devoted to studying science, technology and society. The annual meeting attracts over 1,000 scholars. Many attendees look forward to the book exhibit for finding new books for class, for their research, and for staying current in the field. Visit the Exhibitors page for information on how to participate. http://www.4sonline.org/meeting/exhibitors

Mentorship Program

**We are currently in need of mentors! If you are a faculty member, postdoc, research fellow, or senior graduate student please sign up and meet with a junior scholar in Copenhagen.**

The Mentorship Program has become a popular part of the 4S conference. The goal of the program is to exchange ideas with junior scholars and support their career development. A mentoring relationship assumes a minimum of one conversation at the 4S conference. It is hoped that mentoring relationships will also continue with at least two follow-up phone calls or emails during the following 12 months. We will match new scholars with more experienced scholars and make an effort to assign mentors outside of one's university. We hope that the mentoring project will allow new scholars to feel more at home in the STS community.

Visit the Mentorship Program registration page for more information and to sign up: http://www.4sonline.org/meeting/mentorship_program

Travel Support for Students

Please consult the travel grants page for more information.
http://www.4sonline.org/meeting/travel_grants

Important Dates

  • January 4, 2012: Deadline for submitting open panels
  • January 18, 2012: Abstract submissions open:
  • March 18, 2012: Deadline for submissions of individual papers and session proposals.
  • May 15, 2012: Acceptance notification.

CALL FOR PAPERS: “Design and displacement – social studies of science and technology”

Deadline for abstract submission: March 18, 2012

The quadrennial joint conference of The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) and European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) will take place October 17-20, 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark. For the conference we invite papers that address the dynamics and interrelationships between science, technology and society. Papers which address the conference’s theme ‘Design and Displacement’ are especially relevant, but papers on any topic in STS are welcome.

‘Design’ has become a key concept across a multitude of disciplinary domains and social spheres. In addition to its traditional ‘aesthetic’ associations, it is now a key term in multiple scientific domains and in diverse technological practices. One can even think of societies and social arrangements being ‘designed’. In science and technology, ‘design’ implies the re-arrangement of materials and ideas for innovative purposes. When newly designed scientific and technical objects enter the world, however, their initial purposes are often displaced.

For decades, STS researchers have been following the practical and political dimensions of science and technology. By focusing on concepts and practices of scientific and technological design at their sites of construction and on their multiple displacements, the 2012 conference continues this tradition. By bringing together ‘design’ and ‘displacement’ we want to highlight how scientific and technological design engages with existing socio-technical arrangements in both planned and unplanned ways, facilitating both collaborations and contestations, and generating both order and disorder.

The conference encourages analytic, critical, and practical engagement with design and displacement in several ways. First, it points to the need for investigating the relation between design intentions and their displacements, for example as catalysts for change and conflict. It also highlights the importance of investigating design controversies. It locates design practices in broader political contexts, and focuses attention on how design facilitates or hinders social inclusion, locally and globally. The theme ‘Design and Displacement’ invites careful analyses of the way design practices take part in shaping worlds. However, ‘Design and Displacement’ also raises questions around STS as design work and practice-based interventions. In this sense design becomes simultaneously topic and outcome, a situation that raises new questions concerning the role of STS research.

Program Practices

Each participant in the conference will be limited to only one paper presentation and one other activity (such as session chair or discussant but not a second paper) for a maximum of two appearances.

Papers may be submitted individually or by a session organizer. Paper abstracts should be up to 250 words. They should include the main arguments, methodology, and their contribution to the STS literature. The title of papers should be up to 10 words.

New this year, individual papers may be submitted to one or more “Open Panels”. The call for open panel themes received enthusiastic response from the community. 106 panels are available, which have been grouped into 10 subject clusters. View the full descriptions at http://www.4sonline.org/files/open_panels_12.pdf.

Session proposals should be limited to 250 words total, and should contain a theme and a rationale for the session, and a brief discussion of its contribution to the STS community. Session proposals should list a chairperson and names of all session organizers and panelists, including institutional affiliations and (electronic) addresses. Session proposals should be based on the assumption of 1½-hour time slots with fifteen minutes per presentation. A typical session consists of maximum five papers, one chairperson, and a fifteen-minute open discussion slot. You must have a minimum of three complete paper descriptions in order to submit a session proposal. You can add additional papers to the session up until the submission deadline.

Contact Info

The meeting “home page” is at http://www.4sonline.org/meeting. For information on EASST, visit http://www.easst.net/.

For general meeting information and any questions about the program, contact the Scientific Program Chair, Signe Vikkelsø at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

For technical assistance with the submission or registration process, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

For information on Copenhagen Business School, see www.cbs.dk/en

2011 Annual Meeting

November 2-5, 2011
Cleveland City Center Hotel (formerly Crowne Plaza Hotel)

View photos from the 4S Meeting in Cleveland.

Co-located with the History of Science Society and the Society for the History of Technology.

Conference Highlights

The conference will begin on Wednesday evening with the Opening Plenary (Speakers: Geoffrey Bowker, Lawrence Busch, Adele Clarke and Ellen Balka) dedicated to the Intellectual Legacy of the Susan Leigh Star (former 4S President, 2006−2007), followed by a reception. All 4S participants are encouraged to attend, to mingle and to converse.

Thursday evening will include a joint 4S, HSS, SHOT plenary (Speakers: Spencer Weart, Gabrielle Hecht and Hugh Gusterson) on Dealing with Disasters. It will be followed by a joint reception at the Great Lakes Science Center. Enjoy this exciting venue along with hearty appetizers and a cash bar for only $10. Bus transportation will be provided.

Friday evening will include the 4S Presidential Plenary (Speakers: Evelyn Fox Keller and Steven Shapin), followed by a reception and the Annual Awards Banquet. Come Dressed as Your Favorite R&R Star!

Paper sessions will officially begin on Thursday morning and end on Saturday evening.

Program

Download the official print program (4MB PDF) or the program with abstracts. (2 MB)

Search the online program here. Click through to an individual session and you can add it to your personal schedule. (You must log in first to save your schedule.)

NOTE TO PRESENTERS: 4S provides *only* a screen and projector in each room. Rooms are not equipped with laptops (which must be provided by the presenters or, more typically, by collective agreement--one laptop for the whole session).

Conference Location & Lodging

Cleveland City Center Hotel (formerly Crowne Plaza Hotel)
777 St. Clair Avenue NE, Cleveland, OH 44114
Hotel Front Desk: 1-216-771-7600 | Hotel Fax: 1-216-566-0736

To register for a room, call Toll Free: 1-877-2CROWNE (1-877- 227-6963) or 1-877-208-2519. You must mention that you are with the Society for Social Studies of Science in order to receive the discounted room rate of $130 per night. Alternatively, you may register online entering group code "SSS".

The hotel is located in downtown Cleveland, adjacent to the Convention Center and overlooking Lake Erie. Meeting hotels for History of Science Society and the Society for the History of Technology are close by. It is within blocks of numerous attractions including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; Great Lakes Science Center; Cleveland Metroparks Zoo; Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City; Cleveland Browns Stadium; Progressive Field; and Q-Quicken Loans Arena

Travel to Cleveland

By Air

  • You can fly to the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), Cleveland’s main airport. Air Fare Discount on Continental: Save 2-10% on Continental Airlines travel to Cleveland in November. Save an additional 3% discount for booking at http://www.continental.com. Enter code ZK9Y803338. (May need to be broken down for travel agents as such: Agreement Code: 803338 Z Code: ZK9Y)
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel is approx. 12 miles from the CLE airport. You can take a taxi which will take approx. 20 minutes. Or you can call Independent Shuttle Service at 1-216-3248999 to book the shuttle for approx. $14 one way per person. Or you can take the Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s (RTA) train which will cost approx. $2.25. The RTA Red Line runs from inside the airport to the heart of downtown in roughly 30 minutes. Get off at Tower City-Public Square. Head northeast toward Ontario Street (approx. 240 ft). Turn left at Ontario Street (approx. 450 ft). Turn right at St. Clair Avenue (approx. 0.2 mi).

By Train

  • You can take Amtrak train to the Cleveland Lakefront Station at 200 Memorial Shoreway, Cleveland, OH 44114. 
  • For reservations, call 1-800-8727245 or visit http://www.amtrak.com
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel is approx. 0.5 miles from the Amtrak train station.
  • You can take a taxi or walk to Crowne Plaza Hotel. Head northeast on Erieside Avenue (approx. 0.2 mi). Turn right at East 9th Street (approx. 0.4 mi). Turn right at St. Clair Avenue (approx. 250 ft).

By Bus

  • You can take Greyhound Bus to Cleveland Greyhound Station at 1465 Chester Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114. Telephone: 1-216-7812464.
  • For reservations, call 1-800-2312222 or visit www.greyhound.com
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel is approx. 0.5 miles from the Greyhound bus station. You can take a taxi or walk to Crowne Plaza Hotel. Head west on Chester Avenue (approx. 360 ft). Turn right at East 13th Street (approx. 0.2 mi). Turn left at St. Clair Avenue (approx. 0.3 mi).

By Car

  • Customize direction using the MapQuest / Google map / Yahoo map.
  • If driving from South: Take I-71 North to East 9th Street exit. Go north on East 9th Street. Turn left onto St. Clair Avenue. The hotel is on the right.
  • If driving from North: Take I-71 South to East 9th Street exit. Go south on East 9th Street. Turn right onto St. Clair Avenue. The hotel is on the right.
  • If driving from East: Take I-90 West to state RT 2 West. Exit onto East 9th Street. Go south on East 9th Street. Turn right onto St. Clair Avenue. The hotel is on the right.
  • If driving from West: Take I-90 East to the East 9th Street exit. Go north on East 9th Street. Turn left onto St. Clair Avenue. The hotel is on the right.
  • Parking at Crowne Plaza Hotel: Daily parking 0-4 hours $6.00; Daily parking 4-8 hours $1.00; Daily parking 8-24 hours $18.00; Valet Parking $20.00

Visiting Cleveland

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is the ultimate place to explore the spirit of rock and roll and how it continues to shape our lives. Show your 4S conference badge for a $5 discount. Exhibits take you through the evolution and history of rock and roll music, from one-hit wonders to legendary Inductees, from the roots of rock to the music scenes in cities like Memphis, New York, Detroit, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles and London. Exhibits explore the impact of the iconic rock stars, as well as the Inductees of tomorrow. 2011 Special Exhibit: Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power. Saturday, 5 November there will be a Tribute Concert for Aretha Franklin at the State Theater – she will be present to receive an award but is not apparently performing.

We are in Cleveland during Restaurant Week. Your meeting program has a comprehensive restaurant guide. Download this walking tour guide of downtown Cleveland.

The Society for the History of Technology has kindly made a number of tours available for 4S members. This year's tours include the ArcelorMittal Steel Mill, a bus tour of industrial Cleveland, a tour of Cleveland bridges, the Great Lakes Brewing Company, an architectural tour of downtown Cleveland, and a visit to the Dittrick Medical Museum. To sign up for a SHOT tour, please visit http://www.historyoftechnology.org/cleveland/cleveland_tours.html. To participate in these tours, you do NOT need to register with SHOT. Once you have selected which tour you wish to take, please fill out a SHOT registration form, pay the tour fee, and mail or fax it back to us. Our fax number is 434.975.2190. For more information, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Meeting Registration

Registration is now open on the 4S Members Site. Register early and save. Non-members may join 4S while registering and save money. Members can renew while registering and avoid a separate transaction later.

Below are the registration fees. Early registration fees expire on August 1. On November 2, the late fee goes into effect and registration is on-site only.

Students and non-OECD Professional
Member Early  70 120
  Regular  100 180
  Late  130 240
Non-member Early  110 190
  Regular  140 250
  Late  170 310

Exhibitors

The 4S is the oldest and largest scholarly association devoted to studying science, technology and society. The annual meeting attracts over 1,000 scholars. Many attendees look forward to the book exhibit for finding new books for class, for their research, and for staying current in the field. Visit the Exhibitors page for information on how to participate. http://www.4sonline.org/meeting/exhibitors

Mentorship Program

The Mentorship Program has become a popular part of the 4S conference. The goal of the program is to facilitate mentoring of individuals who are new to the conference and/or to 4S. A mentoring relationship assumes a minimum of one conversation at the 4S conference. It is hoped that mentoring relationships will also continue with at least two follow-up phone calls or emails during the following 12 months. We will match new scholars with more experienced scholars and make an effort to assign mentors outside of one's university. We hope that the mentoring project will allow new scholars to feel more at home in the STS community.

Visit the Mentorship Program registration page for more information and to sign up: http://www.4sonline.org/meeting/mentorship_program

Travel Support for Students

Please consult the travel grants page for more information.
http://www.4sonline.org/meeting/travel_grants

Contact Info

For general meeting information and any questions about the program, contact the 4S Program Chair, Roli Varma, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque [Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)] | Telephone: 1-505-277-7756].

For technical assistance with the submission or registration process, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Important Dates

  • March 15, 2011: Deadline for submissions of individual papers and session proposals.
  • May 15, 2011: Acceptance notification.
  • May 15 – July 31, 2011: Early registration.
  • June 30, 2011: Preliminary program posted.
  • September 15, 2011: Last day to book a room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Cleveland City Centre to get the reduced rate. We recommend early booking since room availability is based on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • September 15, 2011: All presenters must register to be included in the final program. For papers with more than one author, one presenter must register to be included in the final program.
  • October 1, 2011: Final program posted.

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Call for Papers

April 1, 2011: Deadline for Submissions of Individual Papers and Session Proposals

The 2011 4S conference will be held in Cleveland, Ohio. There is no predetermined theme for the 4S conference. Individual paper abstracts and proposals for sessions should emphasize how they will make original and timely contributions to any theme relevant to science and technology studies (STS). The 4S conference welcomes papers, session proposals, and events that are innovative in their delivery, organization, range of topics, type of public, and which bring new resources to the STS community to explore these new relations and themes. Apart from traditional research papers, the 4S conference also welcomes proposals for sessions and papers using ‘new media’ or other forms of new presentation.

Given the growing size of the 4S conferences and the desire to be as inclusive as possible, the program chair will need to make full use of the available time slots. Therefore, individuals may be listed for a paper presentation and one other role (such as session chair or discussant but not a second paper) for a maximum of two appearances.

Paper abstracts should be up to 250 words. They should include the main arguments, methodology, and their contribution to the STS literature. The title of papers should be up to 10 words. Please list five key words to assist the program chair to group individual papers into a session. In addition, identify the most suitable categories for the paper (e.g. environment, information communication technologies, gender studies, science policy, etc.).

Session proposals should be up to 250 words. They should contain a summary and rationale for the session, as well as a brief discussion of its contribution to STS. Session proposals should be organized around one-and-half-hour time slots. A typical session will contain five papers or four papers with a discussant. A minimum of three complete paper abstracts are required in order to submit a session proposal. The program chair may assign additional papers to proposed sessions with three papers. Each paper abstract in the proposed session should be up to 250 words. The title of papers should be up to 10 words.

Since 2008, the 4S has run a ‘workshop’ format. This is an opportunity for informal presentations, with presenters and other attendees seated around tables. Session organizers should indicate if they would like to be part of a workshop table. Submissions for ‘workshop’ presentations are included under the one first-authored submission limit, stated earlier.

Submission Process

Submissions are now closed. Paper and session proposals are accepted through an online system. This is a separate database from the 4S membership/registration system. All presenters, including those included in session proposals, must have a user account with this system that includes name, affiliation, and contact information. Submitters can create user accounts on behalf of their co-authors and session presenters, if necessary. Anyone who has participated in a 4S meeting in the last three years should already have a user account.

Calls for Session Participants

4S supports session organizers seeking participants. However, it is not practical to run all such calls in Technoscience. 4S has created a special web page for calls for session participants. Here you can submit a call and browse for suitable sessions for your paper.

Mentorship Program

2010 Annual Meeting

Held jointly with Japanese Society for Science and Technology Studies

August 25 – 29, 2010

Venue: Komaba I Campus, University of Tokyo
3-8-1, Komaba, Meguro, Tokyo, 153-8902
Access map / Campus map / Meeting locations

View the photo gallery from the Tokyo meeting.

"STS in Global Contexts"

Abstract submission has closed.

The 2010 4S conference will be held with JSSTS (Japanese Society for Science and Technology Studies). This is the first 4S annual meeting in Asia. 4S members will have a chance to experience, interact with, and understand the cultural diversity of Asia. Furthermore, holding 4S in Asia opens the door to questions relating to universalities and cultural differences in STS concepts. This meeting will provide a good opportunity for reconsidering STS in global contexts as well as strengthening STS network worldwide.

Download the list of participants (July 29).

Schedule of activities

25th (Wed)  Registration, 4S Council Meeting, 4S Prize Committee, Welcome Reception
26th (Thu)  2 Sessions (a.m.) 3 Sessions (p.m.)
27th (Fri)   2 Sessions (a.m.) 1 Session (p.m.), Presidental Plenary,  Reception (sponsored by Microsoft Research), 4S Banquet, Karaoke party
28th (Sat)   2 Sessions (a.m.) 3 Sessions (p.m.), JSSTS Banquet
29th (Sun)  Japanese Sessions, JSSTS Council Meeting (Only Japanese sessions on Sunday)

Download a session schedule grid.

Program

Download the full program with abstracts (4MB PDF).

Find an interactive program on the abstract submission site. You can search or browse all authors, presentations, and sessions. You can also view sessions on a calendar grid. Log in and you can construct a personalized schedule.

Get to Know Tokyo

One Noodle at a Time in Tokyo
By Matt Gross (New York Times)
Ramen, a simple concoction of broth and noodles, has inspired passion among Japanese and foreigners alike, and allows for a deeper understanding of the city itself.

Tokyo Tourism Info

Japan National Tourism Organization

Lonely Planet

Frommer's on Japan

Tokyo Convention and Visitors' Bureau

Tokyo Colour Movie

Registration

Early member rates, in effect until June 1, are $200 for professionals and $100 for students. 4S and JSSTS members can log in and will be offered the member discount.

Not a member? Add a membership to your shopping cart and the discount will be calculated at Check Out.

Registration rates in US Dollars:

Student Professional
Member Early  100 200
  Regular  150 300
  Late  200 400
Non-member Early  150 275
  Regular  200 375
  Late  250 450

Contact info

For information about the program or Tokyo logistics, contact the , Minako Kusafuka.

If you have any questions or problems about registration, please contact: (Asia) or (US, et al).

Mentorship Program

The Mentorship Program has become a popular part of the Annual Meeting. The goal of the project is to facilitate mentoring of individuals who are new to the conference and/or to the Society. A mentoring relationship assumes a minimum of one conversation at the Annual Meeting. We hope that mentoring relationships will also continue with at least two follow-up phone calls or emails during the following 12 months. Scholars willing to be mentors or who desire a mentor can fill out the interest form at the Mentorship Program Registration page.

Karaoke Party after the 4S Banquet

The Friday evening banquet ends promptly at 20:30. Join fellow 4S pop stars for authentic Japanese karaoke afterwards at Anthem’s Secret Lounge in Shibuya. 20:45~23:30. Directions here.

Students

See the Travel Grant info page and 6S Activities at the Tokyo Meeting.

Related Events

Science in Society: A Challenge in Japan

Visa Information

We regret that the deadline for processing visa requests has passed.

Past Meetings

Co-sponsored meeting

At the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis:  Past Present & Future of Research

4S History

Programs from first two meetings!

First meeting, November 1976,
Cornell University
(700k .doc)

Second Meeting, October 1977,
Harvard University
(1200k .doc)

2016 - Barcelona

2015 - Denver

2014 - Buenos Aires

2013 - San Diego

2012 - Copenhagen

2011 - Cleveland

2010 - Tokyo

2009 - Washington, DC

2008 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2007 - Montreal, QC

2006 - Vancouver, BC

2005 - Pasadena, California

2004 - Paris, France

2003 - Atlanta, Georgia--Program (1.2 MB PDF)

2002 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2001 - Cambridge, Massachusetts

2000 - Vienna, Austria

1999 - San Diego, California

1998 - Halifax, Nova Scotia

1997 - Tucson, Arizona

1996 - Bielefeld, Germany

1995 - Charlottesville, Virginia

1994 - New Orleans, Louisiana

1993 - West Lafayette, Indiana (1.4mb PDF)

1992 - Gothenburg, Sweden

1991 - Cambridge, Massachusetts

1990 - Minneapolis, Minnesota

1989 - Irvine, California

1988 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

1987 - Worcester, Massachusetts

1986 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1985 - Troy, New York

1984 - Ghent, Belgium

1983 - Blacksburg, Virginia (485kb PDF)

1982 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1981 - Atlanta, Georgia

1980 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1979 - Washington, D.C.

1978 - Bloomington, Indiana

1977 - Boston, Massachusetts

1976 - Ithaca, New York

 

2004 Annual Meeting

The post-conference website is now on line: http://www.csi.ensmp.fr/csi/4S/index.php

You will find there:

  • some statistics
  • paper abstracts and about 130 full papers: don't hesitate to send Frederic Vergnaud   your paper if you wish it to be put on line.
  • pictures taken mostly by Catherine Lucas...

You can also download:

  • the list of attendees
  • the book of abstracts

 

Archived page follows:

25-28 August, 2004, Ecole des Mines

Make plans now! It is not too soon to submit a session, a paper, or an illustrated paper. You can also register for the conference and make your hotel reservation.

Sponsored by Intel

Key dates to remember:

February 15 th Deadline for session submission
March 15 th Deadline for paper or illustrated paper submissions
April 15 th End of selection process by the program committee
May 1 st End of early registration fee rate
May 15 th End of registration for participants submitting a paper or a session. We will assume that failure to do so means you have withdrawn your paper or your session submission. In case your submission would be rejected by the scientific committee and if you don't want to attend the meeting, your registration fees will be reimbursed. If you have any problem with paying by the date indicated please let us know and we will agree on a solution.
August 25 th to 28 th 4S/EASST Conference

 

For scientific information, you must contact Madeleine Akrich or Christelle Gramaglia.

For information on the website, registration, and reservation, please contact Chantal Iannarelli.

Best wishes.

4S-EASST program committee:


Madeleine Akrich and Christelle Gramaglia
Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation
Ecole des Mines de Paris
60 bd Saint Michel, 75006 Paris, France

2005 Annual Meeting

 

October 20-22, 2005

Hilton Pasadena

Pasadena, California

 

THE REPRESENTATION OF CONTROVERSIAL OBJECTS: NEW METHODS OF DISPLAYING THE UNRULY AND THE ANOMALOUS IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY STUDIES

The program committee invites contributions that explore unruly objects in science and technology -- including controversial, invisible, secret, or anomalous things. We are especially interested in showcasing new forms of representation and display, and welcome experimentation with theory, method, and conferencing modes.

For more detailed information, contact the Program Chair:

Marianne De Laet

Download program. (281kb PDF)

2006 Annual Meeting

November 1-5, 2006

The Empire Landmark

Vancouver, B.C, Canada

The 2006 4S conference will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the society. The meeting will be co-located with the History of Science Society and Philosophy of Science Association, which will be in a hotel a few blocks away. We will be exploring some new session formats this year, including new media presentations, “fire-side chats”, and junior-senior sessions. If you have ideas for these or other formats, please contact the Program Chair: Wenda Bauchspies.

Program

Updated Oct. 27. Download the full conference program, with abstracts (2.6mb PDF) or without (960kb PDF).

The program will begin Wednesday evening with two events. First will be the Fireside Chat: "1976 and all that…", followed by a Mingling Event for juniors, seniors and anyone involved in the mentor program. All scholars are encouraged to attend, to mingle and to converse.

The sessions will officially begin on Thursday at 8:30 am and end Sunday at noon. Thursday evening there will be a joint reception with HSS and PSA. Friday night will be the annual awards banquet. Saturday night will be the President's Plenary followed by a reception.

The joint reception between HSS/PSA and 4S will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, which is 6 blocks or approximately 1 km from the Landmark Empire Hotel. If you need transportation to the reception, please inform the program chair. Taxis are readily available outside both hotels and the fare is approximately $5 to go between hotels.

The program committee would like to encourage you to buy the daily box lunches because there will be several lunchtime roundtable sessions on topics such as Nanotechnology, Engineering Education, STS Engaged, Interdisciplinarity, to STS in Canada. In addition the four "author meets critic" sessions will also occur over lunch. If you or some group is planning a lunchtime meeting for the 4S Conference in Vancouver, please email the chair to let her know that it may be placed on the program.

Location and Accommodations

The Empire Landmark, 1400 Robson St., Vancouver, B.C. V6G 1B9 Canada Tel: (604) 687-0511; Fax: (604) 687-7267 is holding a block of rooms for participants at $92.00 CAD single or double occupancy plus tax. Reservations must be made by October 1, 2006 to guarantee this rate. After this date reservations will be accepted on a space available basis only. Be sure to mention that you are attending the 4S conference.

To find a roommate, consider using the 4S discussion board.

The Student Section (6S) is arranging affordable alternative accommodations.

Download a VancouverDining Guide. (.doc)

Transport from the Airport to Empire Landmark Hotel

There is an airport shuttle bus called: Airporter that stops at Empire Landmark Hotel.
The price is $13.00 Canadian and round trip $20. The last bus leaves the airport at 20:48 and you pay the bus driver. There are taxi's for $30.00 one way.

Childcare Options

Childcare in Vancouver is in high demand, and can be costly. Drop-in childcare options are rare, and you should make advance plans if you hope to arrange childcare for infants or older children. The following groups may assist in planning childcare:

The YMCA advises that all of their Under 5 programs are currently full and do not offer Drop-In child care. Their School-Age programs do offer Drop-In care, but the hours are for only before school and after school hours. The Resource and Referral Office at 604-709-5661 may be able to assist you in finding an appropriate, licensed child care.

Nannies on Call offer individual or small group nannying in a home or hotel room (the nanny:child ratio depends on childrens ages). They can also take bookings for a larger group of children during an event. Their basic rate starts at $16CAN/hour, and a minimum booking of 3 hours is required. All nannies are fully qualified and bonded. They may not drive children or administer medications. For bookings and information, call 604-734-1776, 1-877-214-2828

Just like Mum! A provider of temporary childcare since 1992. Specializing in Group/Convention activities where children/teens will explore Vancouver's "Kid" friendly venues! Private care also available. .

In addition, the Best Western downtown has a babysitting service and is near the Empire Hotel and the Hyatt.

 

Exhibitors and Sponsors

Book exhibits have always been a major feature at the annual conference. Sponsors are always welcome and receive special considerations in return for their sponsorship. Those organizations wishing to exhibit or sponsor an event at the conference are encouraged to contact the >conference administrator.

 

Mentoring Program

The 4S Council has endorsed an iniative by the 4S Student Section (6S) to begin a mentoring program in 2006. When registering for the annual meeting, 4S members will have the option to sign up to participate as a mentor, mentee, or both. We will match participants in advance of the meeting, and facilitate introductions. This program is targeted to help young scholars, graduate students, and first-time meeting attendees. Expectations will include having 2-3 conversations during the year. This will be a pilot program for 2006, with the possibility of extension. If you have questions, ideas, or want to volunteer to help implement the mentoring program, please contact Jason Delborne, 4S student representative. Let us know your interest in participating as either a mentor or mentee.

Call for Papers: Silence, Suffering and Survival

Deadline for Submissions was April 3, 2006

This year's theme is "Silence, Suffering and Survival", and it is designed to explore the overlooked spaces, boundaries, actors, networks, and artifacts of science and technology. We welcome papers and panels that address questions about the silences of silencing, unintended consequences, and persistence in science, technology and STS. The topic is meant to open up and stir discussion about theorizing in areas we may have overlooked such as the process of secrecy under which processes of silence are often conducted. Possible topics might include the science and technology of slavery, disability, survival, warfare, peace, and quantification. Discussions might address de-moralization and re-moralization within science, technology and STS, the sort of silence/noise created by technology/science, and how technology/science create and alleviate suffering and/or survival. This could include processes of survival that are often off the record, such as workarounds, “older ways of knowing”, older (non-scientific) ways of knowing, and …?

New Session Formats

Some sessions at the Vancouver 4S will be designated "working sessions" for which papers will be available online in advance, and allotted time will be primarily for discussion. If you would like to organize a working session please contact Josh Greenberg, Tarleton Gillespie, or Sergio Sismondo

Some sessions at the Vancouver 4S will be designated "new media". If you would like to organize a session or participate in one please contact Linda Layne.

Contact

For more information, contact the Program Chair: Wenda K. Bauchspies.

2007 Annual Meeting

October 11-13, Montreal, Canada

Doubletree Plaza Hotel Montreal

 

Download Program (456 kb PDF)

Download Abstracts (1.4 mb PDF)

 

Call for Papers

Ways of Knowing

The February 1 deadline for submitting papers and sessions has passed. Authors and organizers will receive notification about the status of their submissions shortly.

The theme for the conference is ways of knowing. By this we mean several things: implicitly, that there are many ways of knowing any particular object, process, or event; that some of these ways of knowing have historically been more valued than others; and that processes of adjudicating ways of knowing have usually been neither nice nor neutral. So we are interested in processes of valuation (from the language of debates to acts of censorship) that result in one way of knowing as “the right one” or “the natural one.” We are interested in how people, groups, or cultures hold more than one way of knowing, and whether this is stable, durable, or problematic. When different ways of knowing are triangulated, how is this actually done in practice? What is lost and what is gained in the triangulation process?

We are interested in how certain ways of knowing are deemed to be “non-scientific,” (for example, magic, divination, astrology, etc). Several other interesting areas spring from this mixture of questions: historically, what is kept, or what is ignored, in studies of knowledges and paradigm shifts? (Including here questions of collective memory and collective forgetting.) How do new regimes of record keeping, such as the electronic patient record or the full text data base, affect what is remembered and what is forgotten? (This may be true across a large numbers of fields.) All sorts of questions about translation arise in discussing these issues – Who chooses what is to be translated? Who does the translation? Does the quality of the translation impact the nature of knowledge, and if so, how? In Howard Becker's famous concept, "hierarchy of credibility," he claims that, for a well-socialized member of a hierarchical organization or institution, information coming from "the top" is de facto more credible than that coming from "the bottom." So, a bank president, regardless of what she says, is more credible than a temporary janitor. However, within science studies, and following many sorts of principles of symmetry, we do not take members' hierarchies for granted, especially as questions of voice and position are precisely the matters under analysis.

Given that our conference will be in Quebec, one of the sites where language (as a marker) of difference was bitterly disputed, we must examine the idea that language carries powerful politics. In some cases, as with Aboriginal children, the attempt to suppress a language is linked with the destruction of culture and even with genocide. Finally, there are different ways of knowing that are formed by gestures, by ways of pronouncing words, or by how names are heard and understood. Sometimes ways of knowing are different with respect to quantitative vs. qualitative; visual vs. textual, or statistical vs. enumerative. These only suggest the ways knowledges may frame findings, thus mirroring a final finding.

A final word about themes: these are posed in order to help frame related research. As always, themes are meant to suggest and encourage, not provide an iron cage. So, the Program Committee welcomes work that is outside the sketches drawn here; submissions are welcome from any of the variety of areas normally addressed by 4S (or even those not normally addressed, but which need to be).

Program Practices

Given the growing size of the 4S conferences and the desire to be as inclusive as possible, the program committee will need to make full use of the available time slots. Therefore, individuals may be listed for a paper presentation and one other activity (such as session chair or discussant but not a second paper) for a maximum of two appearances.

Session proposals should be based on the assumption of two-hour time slots with fifteen minutes per presentation. A typical session may have six papers, one discussant, and a fifteen-minute open discussion slot. Proposals for double and triple sessions on a single topic may receive a request to consolidate the topic into one panel or to break the multiple sessions into different topics. The program committee may need to assign additional papers to sessions in order to accommodate the number of submissions and reduce the rejection rate.

Panels generally consist of research presentations, but alternative formats are available:

  • “Working Sessions” Participants in Working Sessions will post their papers or presentations prior to the meeting, allowing for more discussion during the sessions. If you have more questions about working sessions, please contact Sergio Sismondo.
  • “New Media” sessions involve screening of video and other media.
  • Poster sessions will be an open event on Thursday evening.
  • A limited number of roundtable proposals may be accepted for the lunch-time slot. Generally, roundtables are on institutional topics such as mentoring and career development.

The program chair is David Hess. Please address all questions through the program chair assistant, Anne Borrero.

2008 Annual Meeting

August 20-23, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Held jointly with European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST)

View the slide show. Below you will find the draft program and information about registration, lodging, and several social programs. These include the conference banquet on Friday night, an excursion to the Dutch waterworks, and the welcome reception in the Rotterdam town hall. As a special service we are offering the possibility to register for child care. The conference venue is at the Woudestein campus of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Location

The conference venue is at the Woudestein campus of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. The conference is located in the T and M buildings on campus. On-site registration is in the M-building and opens on Wednesday 20 August at 14:00 hrs.

General information about the University

Woudestein campus map

Travel information to the campus

Program

The final program for the conference is now available. (This is a 677KB PDF file. You will need the Adobe Reader to open it.) You can also download the book of abstracts (2.8 MB pdf).

Special Events

A welcome reception will be organized at the Rotterdam Town Hall (located at the Coolsingel 40) on Wednesday 20 August from 18:30 to 19:30. Participation in the welcome reception is free, but please note that participation is limited and will be provided on a first-come-first go basis.

The Friday evening banquet will be held in one of the most exciting locations in town, the former Cruise Terminal of the Holland America Line (note that the site is Dutch only). This Terminal has since 1873 been the point of departure for some 850,000 immigrants from Europe on their way to New Amsterdam (these days better known to some as New York). The Cruise Terminal is located in the old harbor that is now completely renovated, overlooking the Erasmus (‘swan’) bridge. See the Port of Rotterdam website for more information on the area.

There is also the possibility to join a guided tour to the Dutch waterworks. (CLOSED) The guide is Wiebe Bijker himself, who has published extensively on these waterworks. Transport from the conference location will be provided. Participation is limited to 60 people.

(Please note, these event options are labeled "sessions" in our registration system.)

Blog

Can't come to the meeting? Follow along courtesy of volunteer bloggers.

Extra-curriculars

Here are some things going on in Rotterdam for when you are not giving a talk or listening to papers.

At the Lloyd Multiplein there is the 'open air movie theatre' playing films from about 21.30 (or when it is dark enough). The program looks promising (see http://www.pleinbioscoop.nl/ for details -- the site is in dutch but just click on 'programma' in the upper menu) and is for free. You can bring your own drinks (but glass is not allowed) and you can get a chair at the site (or hire, the site is not explicit here; last year it was 1 euro for a chair). The Lloyd Multiplein is at the Westzeedijk -- take tram 8 and get out at Oostkousdijk or metro Calandlijn, Coolhaven station, with a 10 minute walk.

On 22-23 August there is the 'formula zero' race with cars using fuel cell powered cars. The race is at the Willemsplein (underneath the 'Swan' or Erasmus bridge). For more information, see http://www.formulazero.nl/.

In the Boymans van Beuningen museum, there is an exhibition on 100 years of Dutch design. From 23 August, there is an exhibition of the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.

At the site of the Rotterdam 'uitburo' you can find a host of other activities going on in the city.
The site is unfortunately Dutch only, which will however give you an extra occasion to talk to any of the Dutch participants at the conference.

Registration

Early registration has now closed! Register now if you haven't done so to avoid the high onsite registration fee. Register online using Mastercard or Visa. You will be prompted to log in (if you are a member of EASST and/or 4S) or to create a profile for the web site (if you are not). There are attractively priced packages that includemembership and registration.

As registration is in US dollars but our expenses are in Euros, changing exchange rates can lead to changes in the amounts of dollars that you are charged for registration. Please make sure to register as soon as possible. The current registration fee schedule is below. These are member rates.

 
Early
After June 17
On site
Professionals €185 €265 €330
Students €110 €160 €195

Lodging

Rotterdam has lots of hotel and hostel accommodations. The Rotterdam conference bureau has provided a overview of reservation policies and a list of hotels and other accommodation. For the hotels on this list we have reserved many rooms for participants to the conference to ensure all will be accommodated; for some of the hotels we have also been able to arrange discounts. In order to make use of these discounts, please make reservations through this website, which will be handled by the local conference bureau.

Travel $ for students

The deadline for travel grant applications is now closed.

Exhibitors

Note for publishers: if you want to exhibit books at the conference, please contact Marije Stofregen.

Mentorship Program

The 4S student section ("6S") is involved in ongoing efforts to mentor new faculty and students, and this will be the third year for our Mentor Program. The goal of the project is to facilitate mentoring of individuals who are new to the conference and/or to the Society. A mentoring relationship assumes a minimum of one conversation at the annual meeting in Rotterdam. We hope that mentoring relationships will also continue with at least two follow-up phone calls or emails during the following 12 months.

If you are interested in taking part in the mentor program, you must be registered for the conference.

We will match less experienced scholars with more experienced scholars and make an effort to assign mentors outside of one's university. We hope that the mentoring project will allow new scholars to feel more at home in the STS community.

Child care

Due to unsufficient interest, the organising committee has decided to cancel the childcare offering, as the cost per child would be unaccaptably high.

Call for Papers: Acting with science, technology and medicine

The four-yearly joint conference of The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) and European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) will take place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands from 20th to 23rd August 2008. As with previous 4S/EASST conferences, the conference welcomes contributions on topics from the range of disciplines found within science, technology and innovation studies communities.

The theme for this conference is “Acting with science, technology and medicine”. This meeting responds to some remarkable and interesting changes in the concerns of STS research. STS-approaches are no longer only relevant for understanding the production of science, technology and innovation; they also are relevant for understanding the co-production of science and technology with policy, democracy, law, and the organization of health care, among other major institutional matters. Similarly STS researchers have become increasingly involved with practices of technology development, policymaking, legal decision-making and governance in different fields, such as science and technology policy, environmental regulation, and health care. The balance between observation and participation seems to have changed in these consequential practices of ‘acting with’. Such engagement is currently a major topic of discussion within the STS field. Several workshops, editorials and special issues have already been published or are under way. The ‘acting with’, or interventionist approach is likely to have consequences for research methodologies, for researchers’ obligations toward different publics, and for the kind of products STS-researchers deliver. In addition, like other aspects of science and technology, interventions by STS researchers are themselves subject to contingencies and negotiations that can lead to unanticipated consequences. This conference provides a forum to explore responses across the broad range of disciplinary perspectives found within science, technology and innovation studies. Papers are encouraged which explore diverse aspects of: the sponsors and audiences for STS research; the constitution of and relations with research objects and participants; the influences on methodological choices; and the construction of research products.

Program practices

Each participant in the conference will be limited to one first-authored submission and one other activity (such as session chair or discussant but not a second paper) for a maximum of two appearances.

Papers may be submitted individually or by a session organizer. Abstracts for papers should be 500 words or less, and must include both an outline of the paper, including a summary on methodology, and a brief statement on the contribution to the STS literature.

Session proposals should be limited to 500 words total, and should contain a summary and rationale for the session, and a brief discussion of its contribution to the STS community. Session proposals should list names of all session organizers and panelists, including institutional affiliations and (electronic) addresses. Session proposals should be based on the assumption of two-hour time slots with twenty minutes per presentation. A typical session may have five papers, one discussant, and a ten-minute open discussion slot. You must have a minimum of three complete paper descriptions in order to submit a session proposal.

Proposals for double and triple sessions on a single topic may receive a request to consolidate the topic into one panel or to break the multiple sessions into different topics. The program committee may need to assign additional papers to sessions in order to accommodate the number of submissions and reduce the rejection rate.

This Joint Meeting welcomes papers, sessions and events that are innovative in their delivery, organisation, range of topics, type of public and which bring new resources to the STS community to explore these new relations and themes. Of course, the theme is flexible, and is meant to accommodate a broad range of sessions and themes. Apart from traditional research papers, the conference will also welcome proposals for sessions and papers using ‘new media’ or other forms of innovative presentation.

For information on EASST, visit http://www.easst.net/.

For further inquiries, contact:
Roland Bal (chair program committee)
Dept. of Health Policy and Management
Erasmus University Medical Centre

2009 Annual Meeting

October 28 – 31, Washington, DC

View photos from the Washington meeting.

Program

Download large PDF version (8.5 x 11 inches, 2MB) of the full program. An interactive version is available on the program management site.

Registration

Registration is now open on the 4S members portal. Register early and save. Non-members, join 4S while registering and save money. Members, renew while registering and avoid a separate transaction later.

  Early After July 1 On-site
Professionals $150 $225 $300
Students $100 $150 $200

 

Location

Join us at the Hyatt Regency, Crystal City, in Arlington, Virginia, just across the river from Washington, DC, conveniently located on the Metro line and close to Reagan National Airport.

Travel to Washington

It is highly recommended that you fly into Washington/Reagan National Airport(DCA). This airport is near the city center and only 5 minutes from the hotel. There is also a free shuttle to and from the conference hotel. Please avoid flying into either Dulles Airport (IAD) or Baltimore/Washington Airport (BWI) as travel to the hotel can take hours and/or be costly. If you must fly into one of these airports, see ground transportation information for Dulles or Baltimore/Washington.

If you are arriving by train, you will arrive at Union Station in downtown DC. From there you will take the Red Line subway 2 stops to the gallery Place/Chinatown stop and change to the Yellow Line and go 5 stops to the Crystal City subway stop.

Arriving at the Crystal City Metro stop, you will come up on the escalator to street level and wait at the curb. The hotel has a van that circulates every 15-20 minutes to pick up hotel guests, including conference attendees. You can also walk from the subway stop to the hotel in about 20 minutes.

Maps

Google map of hotel vicinity

Google map of nearby restaurants

Washington Metro Rail

Lodging

The meeting will be held in its entirety at the Hyatt Regency, Crystal City, which is by far the most convenient hotel to the location. To get the special 4S hotel rate ($159, single or double occupancy), enter 'G-SSSS' (in the group/corporate # field) or call the central reservation line at 1-800-233-1234 and ask for the SSSS conference to get the special rate.

Travel $ for students

Please consult the travel grants page.

Exhibitors

The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) is the oldest and largest scholarly association devoted to studying science, technology and society. The annual meeting attracts up to 1,000 scholars. Many attendees look forward to the the book exhibit for finding new books for class, for their research, and for staying current in the field. Visit the Exhibitors page for information on how to participate.

Mentorship Program

The 4S student section ("6S") is involved in ongoing efforts to mentor new faculty and students, and the Mentorship Program has become a popular part of the Annual Meeting. The goal of the project is to facilitate mentoring of individuals who are new to the conference and/or to the Society. A mentoring relationship assumes a minimum of one conversation at the annual meeting. We hope that mentoring relationships will also continue with at least two follow-up phone calls or emails during the following 12 months.

Registration for the mentorship program is now closed. For information, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

We will match less experienced scholars with more experienced scholars and make an effort to assign mentors outside of one's university. We hope that the mentoring project will allow new scholars to feel more at home in the STS community.

2010 in Tokyo!

Mark your calendars for the 2010 4S meeting, with Council for the Japanese Society of STS (JSSTS), 25-29 Aug in Tokyo Japan. Deadline for paper/session submission will be January 15, 2010.

Call for papers

Submissions are now closed. If you have already submitted a paper or session, you can log in to the abstract management system to edit your contact information, but you cannot edit or delete what you have already submitted. Please direct all correspondence to the Program Chairs at.

This year’s conference will not have a predetermined theme. Consequently, proposals for sessions and papers should emphasize how they will make innovative and timely contributions to any theme relevant to science and technology studies (STS). 

Guidelines

Given the growing size of the 4S conferences and the desire to be as inclusive as possible, the program committee will need to make full use of the available time slots. Therefore, individuals may be listed for a paper presentation and one other role (such as session chair or discussant but not a second paper) for a maximum of two appearances.

Paper abstracts may be submitted individually or by a session organizer. Submissions are in the form of abstracts of 500 words or less, and must include a summary of the paper’s main arguments and methodology, as well as a brief statement on the contribution to the STS literature.

Session proposals should be limited to 500 words total, and should contain a summary and rationale for the session, as well as a brief discussion of its contribution to STS. Session proposals should list names of all session organizers and panelists, including institutional affiliations and (electronic) addresses. Session proposals should be based on the assumption of two-hour time slots with twenty minutes per presentation. A typical session may have five papers, one discussant, and a ten-minute open discussion slot. You must have a minimum of three complete paper abstracts in order to submit a session proposal. The program committee may assign additional papers to proposed sessions.

Proposals for double and triple sessions on a single topic may receive a request to consolidate the topic into one panel or to break the multiple sessions into different topics.

The meeting welcomes papers, sessions and events that are innovative in their delivery, organization, range of topics, type of public and which bring new resources to the STS community to explore these new relations and themes. Apart from traditional research papers, the conference will also welcome proposals for sessions and papers using ‘new media’ or other forms of innovative presentation.

New session format

This year, for the first time, the 4S is including a new “workshop” format. This is an opportunity for informal presentations, with presenters and other attendees seated around tables. This format is ideal for a more interactive presentation of preliminary ideas and work in progress. Authors and session organizers should indicate if they would like to be part of a workshop table. Submissions for “workshop” presentations are included under the one first-authored submission limit, stated above. It is also possible for sessions to be proposed as workshop tables.

Contact info

For more information, contact the 4S program co-chairs, Barbara Allen and Daniel Breslau, at.

Future Meetings

2018 Sydney August 29-Sept 1

2019 New Orleans Sept 4-7

2020 European meeting

2021 Toronto Oct 6-9

Exhibitors and Sponsors

The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) is the oldest and largest scholarly association devoted to studying science, technology and society with over 1200 members worldwide. Members of this organization include

  • scholars in anthropology, economics, education, history, philosophy, political science, sociology, psychology, and women’s studies
  • interdisciplinary scholars that work in feminist theory, cultural theory, postcolonial theory, public policy, innovation theory, and design.
  • scientists and engineers interested in the social aspects of their fields
  • members of the public with an interest in the way that science and technology affects their lives

The 4S Annual Meeting is a four-day event with over 16 concurrent sessions, receptions, and a book exhibit. The book exhibit showcases new releases and in print science and technology studies books. It provides editors, publishers and potential authors a chance to meet and discuss new book projects. Attendees depend on the book exhibit for finding new books for class, for their research and for staying current in the field.

Exhibit Space Pricing

Exhibitors have the choice of one 6 foot table ($150) or two 6 foot tables ($300) to display books from Thursday to Saturday.

Alternatively, publishers may send up to 8 books to be displayed on a shared table from Thursday to Saturday for a $75.00 fee. These books will become the property of 4S and will be sold in the silent auction on Saturday to support graduate student travel.

Purchase exhibit space through the online store. Note you can now generate an invoice during the checkout process.

Exhibit Hours

Thursday: 08:30 – 17:30
Friday: 08:30 – 17:30
Saturday: 09:00  – 15:00

Shipping and Drayage

Please refer to http://assets.sheratonbostonhotel.com/lps/assets/u/FedEx-Inbound-Shipping-Form.pdf

Advertising in the Meeting Program

For the Boston meeting we anticipate upwards of 1,600 attendees, each of whom will receive a pocket size program. 

A one-page ad is available for $200. Purchase ad space through the online store and send artwork to Wenda Bauchspies (see below). Deadline for receipt of ads is 30 July 2017.

Ads need to be 3 5/8” wide by 5” tall, (9.2 cm wide by 12.7 cm tall), 300 dpi, b/w or grayscale in any standard image format.

Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Wednesday night opening reception
  • Wednesday night hosted bar
  • Friday night (pre-banquet) reception
  • Saturday night reception
  • Coffee breaks

Contact

4S Exhibitor Coordinator
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Program Practices

The following notes are for Program organizers. They represent guidelines based on past practices of the Society and recommendations of the 4S Council that should be followed where possible.

Participation

Given the growing size of the 4S conferences and the desire to be as inclusive as possible, the program committee will need to make full use of the available time slots. Therefore, individuals may be listed for a paper presentation and one other role (such as session chair or discussant but not a second paper) for a maximum of two appearances.

Session organizers are requested not to change the order of the presenters in their session.

Proposals for double and triple sessions on a single topic may receive a request to consolidate the topic into one panel or to break the multiple sessions into different topics.

Participants are not allowed to have someone else (non co-authors) present their paper without paying ordinary registration fees at the 4S conference.

Session Format

4S provides *only* a screen and projector in each room. Rooms are not equipped with laptops. Instead, sessions organizers may be advised that presenters can provide their own or, more typically, go together and bring one laptop for the whole session.This is also true of other special equipment for presentations.

Requests for video conferencing, audio gear, and so forth may be made through the Special Needs box at the time of registration.  However, these requests will only be accommodated if the budget allows.

The meeting welcomes papers, sessions and events that are innovative in their delivery, organization, range of topics, type of public and which bring new resources to the STS community to explore these new relations and themes.

Since 2008, the 4S started a “workshop” format. This is an opportunity for informal presentations, with presenters and other attendees seated around tables. This format is ideal for a more interactive presentation of preliminary ideas and work in progress. Authors and session organizers should indicate if they would like to be part of a workshop table. Submissions for “workshop” presentations are included under the one first-authored submission limit, stated above. It is also possible for sessions to be proposed as workshop tables.

Business Meetings

Publications Committee meeting should be held from 1-3PM on Wednesday (the day preceding the meeting). The general council meeting should follow the Publications Committee meeting from 3-6PM. Simultaneous sessions should be kept at a minimum. The most desirable program arrangement is to maximize the number of time slots as follows: Thursday - 4 Friday - 4 Saturday - 4 Participation in Sunday sessions is very low, and these are not advisable.

 

Travel Grants

Overview

4S administers travel funds to support the participation of graduate students and other low-income scholars in its annual meetings. Three sources of funding are used for this purpose. The first two sources are exclusively available to support graduate student travel. They include the base funding, and a special fund created from proceeds from the 2010 meeting. This “Tokyo Fund” supports Asian, African, and Latin American graduate students who have a paper accepted to present at the 4S meetings. The third source of funding comes from the additional revenue generated from sustaining members and is used to support meeting participation by both students and other low-income scholars.

Awards are available for travel expenses only, not for food or lodging. The amount of each award will be determined once all applications have been received. In previous years, awards were in the range of $150-400, depending upon the distance to be traveled. However, the limited funds available do not allow us to award travel grants to all applicants.

The funding decision will be based on the following criteria:

  • Quality: Is the abstract of appropriate quality for presentation at 4S?
  • Conference participation beyond paper presentation: Are you organizing a panel or additional meeting, volunteering for additional work, etc.?
  • Relevance: If a graduate student, is the student enrolled in a graduate program? Is 4S the right place for this paper?
  • Completeness: Is the application complete?
  • Availability of alternative funds: Does your home institution provide travel funds, etc.?
  • Prior travel grants received: Did you receive 4S funding in the previous year?
  • Diversity: 4s is committed to inclusion and participation of under-represented groups and seeks each year to provide funding to these students.

Applications for 2017 support

Applications for 2017 are no longer being accepted. 

To qualify for a travel award, an applicant must be a graduate student or other low-income scholar presenting a paper at the 4S Annual Meeting and a member of 4S.

In cases of co-authorship, no more than one award will be granted for each paper presented.

Travel Restrictions

For graduate students receiving support from the base funding, because funds for these awards are provided by the U.S. National Science Foundation, 4S must comply with U.S. federal rules for reimbursable travel. The awardee is responsible for following the terms specified in NSF document 761, Travel to Foreign Countries. In particular, see Article 13, sections C and D of that document.  By submitting the application form the applicant agrees to abide by these terms. Reimbursement will not be provided unless these terms are followed.

Note that all air travel must occur on a U.S. carrier or in a U.S. airline designated seat on a foreign airline. Original receipts carrying the airline’s designator code and flight number must be provided (if you have an e-ticket, you must get a receipt at the time of check-in). Under certain circumstances, described in the NSF guidelines, travel on a foreign carrier may be allowed. Documentation of the unsuitability of U.S. carrier itineraries is required.

The mileage reimbursement rate for use of a privately owned vehicle is 56.5 cents per mile, per U.S. Internal Revenue Service guidelines. Receipts for gas must be provided!

For more information, please contact Prof. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). In the subject line, put "4S Travel Grant Application: [name]."

Reimbursement

Reimbursement requests will be accepted at this location following the meeting.

Using the link below, you can upload your receipts and submit all documents electronically. Record on the expense form your total travel costs even if the award amount does not cover all of your expenses. Your receipt must indicate the amount paid for the ticket, the flight numbers, the airline, and the dates of the flights. A boarding pass is not sufficient.

4S 2017 Boston

Heatmap of Boston’s most photographed locations, using geo-tagging and user data

Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)

Boston, Massachusetts 

Wed. August 30 (11am!) – Sat. September 2, 2017 (5:30pm)

Conference theme: STS (In)Sensibilities

If sensibility is the ability to grasp and to respond, how might we articulate the (in)sensibilities of contemporary technoscience?  How, similarly, can we reflect on the extent and limits of our own sensibilities as STS scholars, teachers, and activists?  The conference theme invites an open reading and exploration of how the world is made differently sense-able through multiple discourses and practices of knowledge-making, as well as that which evades the sensoria of technoscience and STS.  Our aim is that the sense of ‘sense’ be read broadly, from mediating technologies of perception and apprehension to the discursive and material practices that render worlds familiar and strange, real and imagined, actual and possible, politically (in)sensitive and ethically sensible.     

We welcome open panel and closed session proposals, individual paper submissions, and proposals for events that are innovative in their delivery, organization, range of topics, and type of public.  Due to the growing number of submissions and our desire to be as inclusive as possible, each participant will be strictly limited to only one paper or media presentation and one other activity (such as session chair or discussant), for a maximum of two appearances. Participation in the Making and Doing event (see below) is not counted toward this limit.

Hotel Information

The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton Street. Our room block for this meeting is limited, so please book early if you want to stay at the conference hotel. To reserve a room at the conference rate of $179, call the Starwood Reservations Center at Reservation Center at 1.888.627.7054 provide the group code ‘4H29AA’ or simply book online.

Program

A preliminary program is now available. You can browse the interactive program or download the PDF here. (1 MB) If you find a problem with the listing of your name or affiliation, please log into the membership site, "Manage Profile", and "Edit Bio". This information will be synced to the online program within 30 minutes. The PDF will be updated periodically. 

Registration

Registration is now open. Please read the following details first:

How to register

This year, meeting registration will take place on the 4S Members site. If you submitted a paper or are listed as a presenter or author on an accepted paper, you already have an account with the site. Please avoid creating a duplicate account--it will only cause confusion. If you don't know your login credentials, use the 'forgot password' link. When you update your password, your user name will be displayed on the confirmation screen. 

If you do not see the member rates offered after you log in, you may elect to join 4S before registering. Use the 'Membership' link in the menu. (Note:  If you see the message "Your membership is current and does not expire" when you log in, it means you do not have an active 4S membership. The message is referring to your Guest Membership in the web site. Apologies for the confusing language.)

This year you can pay online immediately upon registering, or you may select the "bill me" option and print an invoice to be processed by your institution. Subsequent payment may be made online or by bank transfer. Find bank information here. 4S strongly prefers online payment upon registration, for obvious reasons: pursuing people for payment is a nuisance for all involved.

For technical support, contact the administrator.

Fees

Early rates apply through midnight, EDT, June 23. ‘Concession’ rates apply to students and all unwaged or low waged.  Concession rates are meant for people such as students, retirees, under/unemployed, those living in economically disadvantaged countries, and others for whom paying the full rate would be a hardship.  Determination of eligibility is left to the registrant.

    Concession Professional
Member Early  $190 $290
  Regular  $290 $390
Non-member Early  $290 $390
  Regular  $390 $490

Cancellation Policy

After July 14, cancellations will be accepted with a refund of 50%. Any cancellations after August 4 will not be refunded.

REGISTER HERE

Meeting Highlights

Presidential Plenary – Interrogating ‘the Threat’

Wednesday August 30th

A critical conversation regarding what we should be concerned about, as both STS scholars and members of wider publics 

Plenary – Opportunities and Challenges for an Engaged STS

An interactive conversation about what we are and could be doing as STS scholars, within and beyond the academy

Invited Session: Reproductive Justice and Injustice

Bridging scholarship and activism, this special session will take up critical issues of reproductive justice and injustice here in Boston and around the globe

Invited Session: Making Sense of Data Revolutions

A moderated discussion on data ethics, media technologies, and optimistic futures

Making and Doing Presentations

Sharing scholarly practices of participation, engagement, and intervention in their fields of study

Affiliated Events

Non-Academic Career Paths: A Pre-Conference Workshop

Tuesday, August 29, 8:30am-1:30pm

A free workshop for graduate students and recent PhDs to learn about careers beyond academia and how to prepare for them.

Enacting Environmental Data Justice:  A 4S Pre-Meeting Event

Tuesday, August 29, 4-8pm

As the new presidential administration threatens to curtail environmental agencies and their infrastructures of data collection, a powerful grassroots movement has formed to archive and protect federally-maintained datasets and associated curated information. You are invited to attend an experimental workshop titled Enacting Environmental Data Justice.

Impossible to Simply Continue Along Previous Lines: Changing Life in Times of Crisis

Tuesday, August 29, 8:30am - 8:30pm

The one-day workshop will create spaces, interactions, and support that help extend our projects of inquiry and engagement around "changing life in times of crisis.”

Film Screening: "Healing Fukushima"

Thursday, August 31, 6-8pm

Sulfikar Amir will be screening his documentary film called “Healing Fukushima” at MIT following the Making and Doing event. Mike Fischer is hosting the screening and chairing the after-screening discussion. Three speakers will discuss the film, including Scott Knowles (Drexel), Masashi Shirabe (Tokyo Tech), and Kim Fortun (Rensselaer, to be confirmed). . Check out the film trailer and full synopsis

Important Dates

Nov 15. Call for open panels proposals 
Jan 1. Submission closes for open panels
Jan 15.  Call for closed/invited sessions and individual paper submissions and Making and Doing session proposals
March 1. Deadline for submission of closed sessions and individual papers
April 15. Acceptance notification 
May 15.  Preliminary program
June 23. End of early registration
July 21. Registration deadline to be included in the program

4S Monitoring Travel Ban and Boycotts

4S has published a statement on the rapidly evolving U.S. political situation, reaffirming the internationalism of 4S, in fact and spirit, as well as our deep appreciation for the diverse experiences and perspectives that 4S members bring to our collective work. We encourage anyone planning to submit an abstract to do so, even if they may be prevented from attending the conference owing either to border restrictions or to matters of conscience.  If the Executive Order remains in place into the summer, those unable or unwilling to attend will be included in the program, and their decisions regarding participation noted as requested.

Pluralizing Language in the Age of Trump and Brexit: An Invitation for the Upcoming 4S Conference (and beyond)

AfrikaansArabicBengaliChinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), FrenchGermanHindiPortugueseRussianSpanishXhosa

At the Boston 2017 conference, 4S invites presenters to deliver papers in languages other than English. 4S recognizes that xenophobia and nationalism are on the rise in many places. While English has become a scientific lingua franca that has been favoured in communications and networking across the globe, it is the official language of just a handful of countries, most prominently the United States of America and the United Kingdom. The current policies of these two countries send a message of insulation and parochialism to the world, explicitly threatening the richness and importance of human difference. In response, the aim of this initiative is to decenter English as the de facto language of this and other international conferences. Linguistic pluralism should be welcomed and encouraged to make clear that the world is irreducibly plural. 

While this invitation is particularly extended to those whose first language is not English, even monolingual English speaker may have parts or all of their presentation written or audio-recorded in another language by another speaker. There are many ways to represent linguistic pluralism and we encourage creativity in this regard. To secure full understanding of each presentation, presenters should provide English translation, which can be distributed in various ways: a full paper, a summary, slides that accompany the talk, or other inventive forms. 

This will of course be a collective experiment the first time through, in which we’ll trial different ways in which presenters can express their ideas in the language with which they feel most comfortable, while also making those ideas accessible to English speaking participants. We would like to extend a further request to anyone willing to translate this invitation into (an)other language(s) and also perhaps to aid in the creation of English summaries for circulation at the conference.  If you are able and willing to contribute to this effort, please contact Maurizio at m.meloni@sheffield.ac.uk.

Thanks to translators, ElHassan ElSabry, Jiuheng He, Aadita Chaudhury, HungYin Tsai, Aimé Dafon Sègla, Susanne Oechsner, Ivan da Costa Marques, Daria Dementeva, Olga Doletskaya, Igor Lyustritskiy, Claudia Castañeda

Program Committee

Heather Paxson (MIT, Chair)
Daniel Breslau (Virginia Tech)
Claudia Castañeda (Emerson College)
Tarleton Gillespie (Cornell, Microsoft Research New England)
Mary Gray (Indiana University, Microsoft Research New England)
Clare Kim (MIT)
Nick Seaver (Tufts)
Banu Subramaniam (University of Massachusetts-Amherst)
TL Taylor (MIT)
Lucy Suchman (Lancaster University)

Travel Grants

Applications for grants to support travel to the meeting for students and other low-income scholars are now closed.

Original Call for Papers, Panels, and Making and Doing Presentations

Deadline for Submission: March 1, 2017

While submissions are closed, you can log in and view yours or edit contact information here.

Papers

Paper submissions should be in the form of abstracts of up to 250 words. They should include the paper’s main arguments, methods, and contributions to STS. You may choose to submit your paper abstract to an open panel, or you can leave panel selection to the program organizers.  In addition to designating one or more topical Research Areas using the drop-down menu, please list up to five keywords to help the program organizers evaluate and assign your paper.

Sessions

Each session proposal should contain a summary and rationale of up to 250 words, including a brief discussion of its contribution to STS.  A session proposal must contain a minimum of three paper abstracts conforming to the criteria above and may contain up to five, plus a discussant. If the proposal contains fewer than five papers, the Program Committee may assign additional papers to your session to optimize scheduling and participation.

Open Panels

Prior to opening submissions, the program Committee accepted 129 proposals to host Open Panels. Their descriptions are available for perusal across four pages via the menu at left. When submitting a paper, you have the option of nominating your paper for up to three Open Panels. 

The purpose of calling for open panel proposals is to stimulate the formation of new networks around topics of interest to the 4S community. Like any meeting panel, an open panel is a paper session with a theme and a responsible chairperson(s). In contrast to traditional ("closed") session proposals, open panel topics are included in the call for papers, and authors nominate their paper for one or more panels. 

Making and Doing Session

In addition to paper and session submissions, 4S invites proposed presentations for the ‘STS Making and Doing’ event.  Participation in the Making and Doing event does not count toward limits on conference participation described elsewhere. Making and Doing proposals are submitted through a dedicated form found at the same location as paper and session submissions. 

Contact Information

For information on conference and program practices, acceptance status, and scheduling, contact the Program Chair, Heather Paxson.

For technical assistance with the submission or registration process, contact the 4S Administrator.